“I have been caught up in my own busyness, frantically running from one crisis to the next in a cycle that looks less like loving the Messiah and more like trying to become one.” –Unknown
We are to rest from fear, worry and anxiety. Restlessness shows a lack of faith in God. Rest itself is a sign of trust. Psalm 37:7 is a direct command:
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.”
Or there's Philippians 4:6:
“Do not be anxious about anything…”
One of the most prevalent lies that we have bought into is that there is no payoff for resting. A field full of weeds will not earn anyone's respect. If you want to succeed in this life, you must spray, you must plow, you must fertilize, you must plant. You must never turn your back. Each year's output must be bigger than the last. That is what the earth and her people are for, right? Not according to God.
In the eyes of God, resting is imperative—not every now and then but on a regular basis. Why is “rest” mentioned so many times in the Bible? To rest is to take God at His Word. Resting is not a suggestion but rather a command. The commands given by God all point to His interest in our well-being. He made us, He knows us and He wants time with us where there are no distractions or noise.