How You Need Rest and Why You Don’t Get It

Aug 10, 2017

This hard-charging culture has lost an appreciation for rest. People don’t think they need rest. They think they can keep going at top speed all the time and not crash. But life doesn’t work that way. People have to carve out time to rest.

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Perhaps people don’t rest because they don’t understand what it is. Rest is not going on a vacation. How many times have you come back exhausted after a vacation? And rest is not playing video games. You end up feeling more worked up afterwards.

Rest is more than not working. Here’s what rest really means and why you need rest.


1. What is rest?


God rested after creating the heavens and the earth (Genesis 2:2). The word rest in that passage is the Hebrew word shabath. According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word shabath means to repose or to desist from exertion.

To drive the point home, Merriam-Webster says exertion means either physical or mental effort. That means resting is stopping physical and mental effort.


2. You need rest physically


Your body requires rest. How often do you get a good night’s sleep? If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body can become dependent on caffeine or something else to keep it going. Believe it or not, your body was not made to run on caffeine permanently.

Eventually lack of sleep will come back to bite you. Your body will demand the rest from you. It will come in the form of getting sick. Or it will come in the form of regular sleep. Your choice.


3. You need rest mentally


Your mind needs to unplug. Playing video games or posting on Facebook will not help you relax. It will keep your mind wanting more stimulation.

If you don’t let your mind slow down, you will suffer consequences. You may find yourself stuck in overdrive. In fact, it might prevent you from sleeping.


4. You need rest spiritually


The Hebrew word shabath is the source of the English word sabbath. The Sabbath is the day of the week when we should take time out to rest in God and recharge spiritually.

The Scripture talks about rest being a spiritual concept. When God said the people would not enter his rest, it was because they did not know his ways (Psalm 95:10-11).

By walking in God’s ways, we rest our minds and bodies. Because rest is ultimately a spiritual condition. If we do not choose to rest spiritually, then our minds and bodies will continue to be on overload.

Walking in God’s ways will give you more peace, because being spiritually minded produces life and peace (Romans 8:6).

God wants you to slow down your schedule and spend time with Him so that you can rest mentally, physically, and spiritually. Because God knows that you need rest.


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