Are you tired? Have you been struggling to find rest in your daily life? Read these scriptures. Soak in the truth that God is your source of security and let Him comfort you, unwind you, and give you the ability to breathe in fresh life once again.
God refreshes me. I find rest when I come to Him.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25
God is my source of rest. I find rest when I rely on Him.
“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2
God wants to give me rest. I find rest when I remember Jesus wants me to come and take up His yoke instead of carrying my own.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
God is my source of safety. I can rest when I remember He will keep me safe.
“Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’ Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:6-8
God is my refuge. I can rest when I choose to dwell with Him.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’” Psalm 91:1-2
God listens to me. I can rest when I remember He hears my prayer, answers me and sustains me.
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” Psalm 3:3-5
God is my overcomer. I can rest when I know He is working to overcome whatever troubles I face.
“I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
God is gracious to me. I can rest when I remember God’s goodness and compassion.
“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Psalm 116:5-7
Rest can move with me. I can rest no matter where I am when I remember His presence goes with me.
“The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.’” Exodus 33:14-15
Rest comes when I submit. I can rest if I come into agreement with Him.
“Come to terms with God and be at peace; in this way good will come to you.” Job 22:21-22 (CSB)
Rest comes in surrender. I can rest if I let Him lead me and guide me.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3
Rest comes when I pursue peace. I can rest if I choose to be proactive about seeking peace rather than reactive.
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
Rest comes through prayer. I can rest if I choose to entrust my troubles to God even when I have no understanding.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
God’s rest comes in stillness. I can rest if I choose to be still and remember who He is.
“Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:8-10
God’s rest comes with practice. I can learn to rest more easily when I practice rest in my daily life.
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11
God’s rest comes through reining in my thinking. I can rest better if I turn off negative thinking and turn on Godly thinking.
“Finally, brothers, whatever my is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heart from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
Rest comes through choosing righteousness. I can rest when I know I’ve done what’s right in His eyes even if it’s difficult to do.
“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely, how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.” Isaiah 32:17-20
Rest comes when I walk in His ways. I can rest when I seek out His ways, learn them, and do them.
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16
Scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version
unless otherwise indicated in the text.
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