We all go through seasons when being worn out mentally, and tired physically, is our default. Maybe it is a short-lived but intense struggle at work or at home; maybe it is an ongoing physical or emotional challenge that has changed life as we know it. Whatever the circumstance, looking to Christ for our rest and refreshment is far more satisfying than finding unhealthy ways to cope. We can find how to rest in Jesus and His peace through these different ways of connecting with Him.
- Find hope in God’s Word.
- In looking for Bible verses about rest in Christ, I was reminded of John 15:4 NASB1995. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” While this doesn’t specifically address rest, it reminds me of the truth that I need to abide – dwell, live in, or remain – in Christ. By dwelling in Christ, I don’t make my home in fear, the enormity of my circumstances, or the uncertainties of the future. I can live in Him and He in me, and I will bear fruit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22.)
- Matthew 11:28 NASB1995 encourages us to look to Jesus with our problems. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
- Jesus had more than enough power to still the wind and waves – isn’t He more than capable of bringing peace to our hearts? “And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.” Mark 4:39 NASB1995
- You may also find these verses on rest and peace helpful.
- Find peace in worshiping God through song.
- What songs speak to your heart and remind you of God’s peace and love? Even if you don’t consider yourself a “worship kind of person,” this is a good exercise that is likely to encourage you. I made a playlist on YouTube of several songs that encourage me (including a pretty dated one from the Newsboys in the 90’s), and found my heart quieted more than I had expected. It took my mind off of my worries and put it where it belongs – on God! I encourage you to make a playlist of your own of worship songs that bring you peace and rest on whatever service you are most likely to use, such as YouTube, Spotify, or another service.
- Let others encourage you. Find encouragement in these quotes from other Christians.
- “Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.” Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, A Selection from Addresses Delivered to the Students of the Pastors’ College, Metropolitan Tabernacle
- “But let’s understand that God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a druggist fills your prescription. The Lord doesn’t promise to give us something to take so that we can handle our weary moments. He promises us Himself. That is all. And that is enough.” Chuck Swindoll, Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life
- “Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
You can find many of these verses and quotes in my YouTube Video, Christian Bible Verses and Quotes about Rest.
I pray that these Christians songs, quotes, and Bible verses about rest will encourage your heart today and show you how to rest in Jesus. May I pray for you?
Dear Jesus, As these people are looking for rest, I pray that they will seek the true rest found in You. I pray that Your rest will satisfy the heart and lift the weariness that has been plaguing them. I pray that this rest will help them persevere in You during these hard times. Thank You for Your perfect rest. In Your Name, Amen.