As God’s people, we have the right to rest
1 John 3:19-22
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence
whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
“The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you.
There are some things God can only show you when you are rested!
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words:
‘The LORD bless you, O righteous dwelling, O sacred mountain.’ People will live together in Judah and all its towns—farmers and those who move about with their flocks.
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds,
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
What is rest?
- freedom from whatever worries or disturbs you.
- inwardly quiet, composed, peaceful.
- be at peace with God
- possess the perfect peace He gives (Is 26:3).
- free from guilt and even unnecessary feelings of guilt.
- God’s rest is the end of legalistic works and the experience of peace in the total forgiveness of God.
- lie down, be settled, fixed, secure.
- confidence that we are forever established in Christ. (Jn 8:36). We are freed from being tossed about by every
- freedom from every idea or fad, that blows our way. In Christ, we are established, rooted, grounded, unmoveable (Col 2:7–note).
- means to enjoy the perfect, unshakeable confidence of salvation in our Lord. We have no more reason to fear. We have absolute trust and confidence in God’s power and care.
- be sure that He will never fail to support us.
Psalm 3:5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 121:4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.