Theme of the Week: Rest from the Driven Life
Friday, February 21, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 3:7-4:11
[In] Hebrews 4:7, we're reminded through David that the Lord set a certain day—calling it "Today"—for his people to hear his voice with receptive, responsive hearts. "Today" is the day we enter into God's gift of Sabbath, his gift of rest. Unfortunately, when it comes to rest, we tend to turn "Today" into "Someday." Someday I'll live a more restful life. When I get out of college and start my career. … When I get married and start a family. … When I get established in my life and job. … When I retire. … When I die?
Why do you and I postpone God's gift of rest? Why do we procrastinate? I often fail to enjoy the gift of God's rest because I'm not willing to open my hands to receive it. In his book Sabbath, Wayne Muller reminds us that "Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop—because our work is never completely done. … Sabbath dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, because it liberates us from the need to be finished."
Sabbath can be a weekly reminder that our work is not sovereign, but God is.
—Alan Fadling in An Unhurried Life
My Response: What would it mean for me to enter into God's rest?
Thought to Apply: We who have believed in Jesus enter into rest even now. Why should we not do so? Our salvation is complete.—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher, teacher)
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.
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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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