Resting is one the most important subjects in the Bible. It has been God’s plan from the beginning of time. Remember in the Garden of Eden, God came down and walked with man, but ever since then man has created one religion after another, trying to reach up to God. If you would do a study on the Hebrew names in the Bible, you would find that God revealed His entire plan for us before the flood. Beginning with Adam, notice their names and their meanings down through his descendants:
Their Names The Meaning
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The despairing
Now read it like this, “Man was appointed mortal sorrow but the Blessed God shall come down teaching and His death shall bring the despairing rest.” Jesus said, “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Rest is something you receive, not earn. Heb 4:1 “Therefore since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” Christians must learn that Jesus Christ did it ALL. Your victory is not in behavior modification but in resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ; He did it all, rest in that.
Most Christians are so busy trying to make things happen that they never learn how to rest in Christ and receive. Remember the story of Ruth? She worked all day gleaning barley in the fields and managed to gather one ephah of barley, enough to last about 10 days. But her mother-in- law told her to lay down at the feet of Boaz, her kinsman redeemer, and rest. So she did; and when she did, Boaz gave her 6 ephah’s of barley, or about 60 days worth, without any effort on her part. If we’ll listen to the Holy Spirit He will have us resting at the feet of our kinsman redeemer, Jesus, who came to redeem us from the works of the flesh and bring us in to the life of the Spirit. Mary rested at Jesus’ feet but her sister Martha worked. Jesus said, “Martha, Martha you are worried and troubled about many things. One thing is needful and Mary has chosen that good part.”
One day the disciples came to Jesus and said, “What must we do to work the works of God,” and Jesus said, “believe.” God wants us to believe that Jesus did it all for us. Jesus also said He did not come to be served but to serve. Learn to sit at His feet and rest in His finished work. He will provide for all of your needs according to His riches in glory.