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God Created You for Rest

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From the very beginning of creation, to the very first set of commandments God gives, to the very design of our bodies, God has created us for rest. He calls us to rest and not just physically. Yes, God designed us to rest from work on a weekly basis, but think of all the other ways God has designed us to experience rest:

  • God desires you to experience rest from fear—1 John 4:18.
  • God desires you to experience rest from all worry, to be free and not to worry about anything—Matthew 6.
  • God desires you to experience rest from all anxiety about anything—Philippians 4:6-7. 
  • God desires you to experience rest from sin—Romans 6:18. 
  • God desires you to experience rest from efforts to save yourself from sin—that’s throughout the whole book of Galatians. 

More than all that, God desires you to experience rest from endless efforts to satisfy yourself in this world, from endless running after money, positions, possessions, and pleasures in this world, thinking, “This will satisfy me or that will do it,” then coming up empty. 

God says to His people in Jeremiah 2:13, “You don’t have to keep drinking water from broken cisterns that don’t hold water, when I will completely satisfy your soul.” I can keep going on and on with other Scripture.

God desires you to experience rest from having to control everything around you, particularly in the middle of challenges around you. Psalms 116:7 says, “Return, O my soul, to your rest.”

–You can view the entirety of this sermon,  Are You Tired? Come to Jesus. For more on how God has designed his people to rest, see “The Cross and Resting” from Secret Church 14.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.
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