The Importance of Rest

After a long weekend, I thought it would be fitting to explore ‘rest’.


The significance of rest is discussed several times in the Bible. When God created the Earth, He worked for six days and rested on the seventh day. God did not need to rest, but He did so to set an example for us to follow. Exodus 34:21 says, “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” Even in the midst of busy seasons, we are commanded to take time to rest.


Sometimes, it is not easy to take a break, as doing so involves putting our full trust in God. In order to come to a complete state of rest, we must let go of our own plans and submit to God’s plan. Rest also requires us to acknowledge that we cannot do everything on our own and that we must rely on God’s strength.


As Christians, we can find rest in spending time with Christ. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” If this semester has been busy and stressful, it is even more important to set aside time to recharge over break.


No matter what trials we may be in the midst of, we can give our concerns over to God, because of His great love for us.


Dedicating time to rest allows us to spend time in God’s Word and align our hearts with His, and we can return to our work feeling refreshed and able to put forth our best effort.


Written by Lauren Abraham in Spiritual Life


Submitted by Henry Sheedy