Scripture: Rest in God, Wait on God

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Note on Understanding Resting in God

  • For a deeper understanding, compare resting in God to: faith, having a childlike nature, humility, inner peace, inner quietude, inner stillness, non-doing, returning to God, suffering for God, surrender to God, trusting in God, weakness before God, waiting upon God.

Old Testament Scripture on Rest in God

Listed in Biblical Order

“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” —Psalms 4:4 

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” —Psalms 16:9 

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” —Psalms 23:2 

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” —Psalms 27:14 

“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” —Psalms 34:14 

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” —Psalms 46:10 

“Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.” —Psalms 95:11 

“Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.” —Psalms 132:8 

“This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.” —Psalms 132:14 

“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.” —Proverbs 20:22 

“Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still come.” —II Esdras 2:24 

“And therefore I say unto you, O ye heathen, that hear and understand, look for your Shepherd, he shall give you everlasting rest; for he is nigh at hand, that shall come in the end of the world.” —II Esdras 2:34 

“There is one that keepeth silence, and is found wise: and another by much babbling becometh hateful.” —Ecclesiasticus 20:5 

“The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.” —Isaiah 14:7 

“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” —Isaiah 6:6-7 

“For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” —Isaiah 30:15 

“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” —Isaiah 57:18 

“But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.” —Habakkuk 2:20

New Testament Scripture on Rest in God

Listed in Biblical Order

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28 

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” —Matthew 11:29 

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.” —Luke 11:24 

“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” —Romans 14:23 

“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;” —I Thessalonians 4:11 

“Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.” —II Thessalonians 3:12 

“And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?” —Hebrews 3:11 

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” —Hebrews 4:9 

“For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” —Hebrews 4:10 

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” —Hebrews 4:11 

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” —I Peter 3:4 

“Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” —I Peter 3:11 

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus [Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” —Hebrews 4:1-11

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