The poem, "The Pulley," is one of those poems, that are deep in meaning. It is a comforting sort of poem. God is shown as a God who knows everything and how everything will turn out.
The poem starts out with God creating man. He wants to pour all of His blessings into man. He knows that man is a beautiful, strong creation, and He wants to reward him. The one thing he doesn't want to give to man is His rest. Why you may ask? Rest is so important for a person. Rest is seen as kind of a Pandora's box. God knows that if he gives rest to man, then man will come to worship all the things in nature, instead of worshiping God.
"For if I should" said he, "Bestow this jewel also on my creature, He would adore my gifts instead of me, and rest in Nature, not the God of Nature; So both should losers be" In this line from the poem, we see that God is concerned that man will rest in Nature, and not in Him. God had full knowledge that His treasures would tire man and make him exhausted. He wanted man to find true rest only in Him. He wants all of us to come to Him, for He alone can truly give us the rest we so desperately seek.