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Does God Ever Rest?

Genesis 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. 

After God created the world, we might imagine he was tired. But the amount of God’s power that he used to make the world was mathematically zero. God’s power is infinite, so no matter how much power he uses, it is never at all diminished. God did not rest because he was tired, but because resting is good. It is also good for us.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28), said Jesus. Many are surprised to learn that the way to heaven is not by working, but by resting. If all we had to do was a million good deeds, we would all be very busy. Or if all we had to do was pay a million dollars, we would all be working overtime. But the way to heaven is not by working, or even by being good, but by resting in the finished work of Christ. In repentance and rest is your salvation (Isaiah 30:15), wrote Isaiah.

A little girl was hiking with her big brother when she twisted her ankle and could not go on. The only way home was to climb on her brother’s back, and let him carry her. Likewise, we put all our weight on Jesus Christ, and trust him to carry us home.

By Shane W. Houle, Director of Scripture Engagement, Bibles For The World