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Behaving Like a Slave
Theme of the Week: Rest from the Driven Life
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? (Galatians 4:9)

Dig Deeper: John 8:31-36

The cultural cycle of drivenness and escape is a counterfeit of the more biblical rhythm of work and Sabbath. At the heart of the culture's cycle is anxiety, and anxiety drives us to do, do, and then do some more. Over time, anxiety exhausts us until we want to escape to anywhere that we won't have to do anything. In this cycle, we experience work as demanded of us and rest as deserved. There is very little grace in this view of work and rest.

Furthermore, hurry makes life feel like an unending series of "have tos." On a Sabbath day, however, we Christians may step away from this "have to" orientation and enter into a holy "want to" place. When the "have tos" stop swirling, the "want tos" can [return]. Then we can remember why we are doing some of the "whats" we are doing.

In Deuteronomy 5, Moses recounts the Ten Commandments. [He] reminds the people that they were slaves in Egypt, and the implication is that, as slaves of demanding taskmasters, they were not free to observe the Sabbath (Deut. 6:12-15). When we fail to make space for Sabbath rest in our schedules, we are behaving as though we are slaves too.

—Alan Fadling in An Unhurried Life

My Response: Is there anything I "have to" do that keeps me from regularly resting or taking a Sabbath? What steps can I take to make rest a priority?

Thought to Apply: Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.—Thomas À Kempis (German canon, writer)

Adapted from—An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Father, please help me to live my life at a healthy pace. Teach me to follow the rhythms of rest that you've created me to enjoy.

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