Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Rest from the Driven Life
Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Throughout the Bible, rest is presented as a gift from God. He even set us an example by resting himself on the seventh day of Creation. Whether or not we accept that rest is ultimately a trust issue. Our work is never complete. In order to rest—through sleep, stillness, or leisure—we have to place all the unfinished details, worries, and anxieties of our lives in God's hands. We have to acknowledge that he is sovereign and faithful to provide. Today's study passage draws from Jesus's own teaching on the topic of resting in the provision of God.
- What are some worries and anxieties that keep you from resting?
- How does knowing that God is conscious of our basic needs help us to rest?
- What are some distinctions between resting and laziness? How can you make sure you're doing the former and not the latter?
- What are some ways you can incorporate rest into your weekly routine?
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God for the gift of rest. Ask him to give you a proper perspective on rest and to help you trust in his provision when you feel too anxious or worried to rest.
Do Not Worry
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 "Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
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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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