Rest is important to human well-being. So often we are rushing on to the next thing, with little time to stop and reflect, let alone actually rest and be refreshed. We can be so caught up in work that we can almost risk seeing rest as a sign of weakness instead of as a gift and opportunity.

Rest appears often in the Bible.

Right from the beginning, in creation, God rested on the seventh day.

From OT times the people of God have observed a day of Sabbath rest; indeed Sabbath rest is a command of God — a time set aside to be with God and to worship him.

Rest was God’s promise for his people when he brought them into his own promised land — a promise of peace and well being and security. Indeed, in OT times, even the land was to have a rest every seventh year.

Rest has more than a physical meaning; it has a spiritual dimension too.

Jesus promises rest to all who come to him: ‘Come unto me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28). This is a rest for the present and for the future that is found in the security of a right and restored relationship with God. 

We often look to these summer weeks as times of rest, perhaps as we take a holiday and a break from work or as we cherish those opportunities to sit in the garden or by a window in the warmth of the sun.

May you find physical rest and refreshment in these summer weeks.

And may you remember or discover, perhaps for the first time, spiritual rest in the call of Jesus.

Blessings in Christ