I can count on peace. I can count on sleep. I can count on rest. I don’t need a “My Pillow” or ambien to get it.
My Master Jesus gives it to me. I am safe in Him. Now that is some good news.
“Rest” is defined as “peace, ease or refreshment.” “Relax” means “to become loose or less firm, to have a milder manner, to be less stiff.” The Bible speaks quite highly of rest. It is a repeated theme throughout Scripture, beginning with the creation week.
God created for six days; then He rested, not because He was tired but to set the standard for mankind to follow. The Ten Commandments made resting on the Sabbath a requirement of the Law. Notice that God said, “Remember the Sabbath.” It wasn’t something new; it had been around since creation.
All God’s people and their servants and the animals were to have one day in seven to rest. The command to rest was not an excuse to be lazy. You had to work for six days to get to the Sabbath. The land also needed to rest.
God is very serious about rest.
- Psalm 4:8 — 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Master, make me to dwell in safety.
- Psalm 127:2 — 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
- Ecclesiastes 5:12 — 12 The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.