Spiritual rest is the concept of a person being able to trust in what God is doing in our lives, rather than on relying on ourselves. If a quarterback receives the ball from the center, the defensive line then presses in on him, trying hard to sack him behind the line of scrimmage. But if it’s a running play, the quarterback will turn and hand the ball off to the halfback. The halfback takes the ball and goes in the direction of the play call. At this point, all of the pressure that was coming to the quarterback shifts to the halfback.
Originally, the pressure is aimed at the quarterback because he’s got the ball. But when he hands it off and now everybody’s going after the halfback, the quarterback has rest. He has rest because he’s handed off the pressure to somebody else who’s carrying the ball.
We’re so determined to make things happen by ourselves that we wind up being constantly under pressure. God wants us to know that if we can learn to live by faith, we can hand Him the ball and then the enemy has to chase Him. We can rest! That doesn’t mean that there’s no battle on the field. It just means that we can be in a calm position, even in a tackling situation.
“So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.” (Hebrews 4:9-10 NLT)