You may have heard the saying: “God helps those who help themselves.”

Some think it’s straight from Scripture—but it’s not. In fact, what we find in Scripture is exactly the opposite: God offers rest to those who stop their striving.

Hebrews 4:10 says, For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

Following His work of creation, God entered rest; and Scripture implies He’s been resting ever since. This perpetual resting is Sabbath rest. And you and I are invited to experience this rest all the time, in every situation.

But there’s a condition: We must believe Jesus is who He says He is, and we must accept His invitation, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Until we come to Jesus, we won’t receive our rest.

Why are anxiety, conflict, and worry still present in the lives of some believers? Not feeling God’s rest doesn’t mean our salvation is at risk. Rather, it means we have an opportunity available to us: We can stop striving and start trusting.

In order to experience God’s Sabbath rest, we must rest from our own work just as God rested from His. Instead of taking things into our own hands, we need to leave them in His. When you trust Him in this way, you can enter into the restorative rest He’s promised you.