The Promise of Rest for Christians
God first gave the gift of rest to the children of Israel (Exodus 16:29, NLT). God chose Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6-8) as the model nation so that all other nations could see the love between God and His people –how the LORD delivered, protected, provided and fought for them. Hence, if we study the scriptures in Exodus 16 on the LORD rainning manna and how He led them into the promised land, a land where they live in houses they did not build (Joshua 24:13), we will have a good understanding of what is God’s concept of rest.
Here’s a quick summary of God’s concept of rest:
1. We work, but need not have to sweat (need not worry how) to make things happen. The LORD is our God who will make things happen. All we need to do is to pray. (Read Exodus 16:12-15 on how the LORD provided).
2. There are days for us to work and there are days for us to rest. During the days of rest, we can rest without feeling any guilt nor worry because even if we choose to work during the rest days, we are not going to accomplish much. We may even end up wasting all our effort. (Exodus 16:26).
3. The LORD provides in advance so we can rest with no lack. (Exodus 16:29).
4. There is no need to worry about tomorrow because the LORD holds our future and has already planned ahead. We can put complete trust in our LORD because He is faithful and His love for us is unfailing. (Exodus 16:19-20).
5. Our heavenly Father loves to lavish on us and bless us abundantly. (Read Exodus 33:14, Deuteronomy 6:10-14, Joshua 24:13).