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Biblical vocabulary: the word מְנוּחָה (rest)

Wicked people find no rest

“The wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” (Isaiah 57:19-21)

Rest is not just taking a pause from work. It is also about experiencing inner peace. That peace, says God in Isaiah 57, is not for the wicked. They can’t find real rest. The same observation is made by Job: “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). Naturally, if people remain just as they were born, they won’t have peace in their hearts. They are filled with unrest and discontent. And that will go on eternally: “The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name” (Revelation 14:11).  “Worshipers of the beast” are people who prefer following Satan over following God. This choice will result in eternal unrest and suffering.

But God offers an alternative. If we give our hearts to Him, He will renew them and fill them with his Holy Spirit. He will replace the natural restless inclinations of men (like strife, jealousy, fits of anger, and envy) with the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace…) (Galatians 5:22).

Have you already found rest in God?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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