What is true rest?

Hello Friend!

True rest is salvation. It is union and relationship with God. Rest is something ONLY the Good Shepherd can give. We cannot receive rest for our souls on our own. Only He can lead us beside waters of rest. Rest is far more than our circumstances – it is the position we are put in when we become children of God. Let us press on to take time out of our busy schedules to cease from work and spend time in union and communion with Jesus Christ. This is where we will all find true rest for our souls.

Here are some passages for further study on rest! You can print these out or simply look them up in your Bible. I want to encourage you to meditate on them (read them slowly and multiple times). Ask God to help you rest. Ask Him to draw you nearer to Him. Ask Him to bring you into His presence to experience true rest.

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

[1] The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

[2] He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters* [Literally beside waters of rest]

[3] He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

[4] Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

[5] You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD

forever. (ESV)

Exodus 33:14

[14] And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (ESV)

Psalm 95

[1] Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

[2] Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

[3] For the LORD is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

[4] In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

[5] The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

[6] Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

[7] For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

Today, if you hear his voice,

[8] do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,

as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

[9] when your fathers put me to the test

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

[10] For forty years I loathed that generation

and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,

and they have not known my ways.”

[11] Therefore I swore in my wrath,

“They shall not enter my rest.” (ESV)

Look up and study Hebrews 3-4

Matthew 11:28–30

[28] Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV)

John 10:11–18

[11] I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. [12] He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. [13] He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. [14] I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, [15] just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. [16] And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. [17] For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. [18] No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (ESV)

Revelation 7:17

[17] For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,

and he will guide them to springs of living water,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (ESV)

For further study on rest here is an E.A.S.Y. Bible Study I did specifically on the topic of rest:

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I hope this encourages you to rest. Don’t forget to share with a friend!

Blessings and love,


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