Summer is upon us and that means a welcome break from the normal rhythms of life – time to slow down, rest, vacation.  At least, that’s what it’s supposed to mean. The truth is that our culture doesn’t do rest very well; the rhythm always seems to be high tempo. We are a people desperately in need of rest, but seemingly unable to find it amidst the constant demands of our lives. How can we use this summer season of rest to actually find it?

How well rested are you right now? In general?

What is the one thing from which you most need a break? What would that look like for you?

Read Genesis 1:262:3. What did God create in the 6th Day? The 7th? What does it tell us about God that the first full day that God had for Adam and Eve was the 7th Day – the day of rest? What can we learn from this for our lives?

Does our ability, or inability, to rest tell us something about our trust in God? If so, what?

Read the following verses: Mark 1:21-28Luke 13:10-17John 9:1-34Mark 2:23-28Matthew 12:9-14Luke 4:38-39. As you read about Jesus as he heals the sick and feeds the hungry on the Sabbath, what does that tell you about Sabbath?

What are some ways that you would/could REMEMBER the Sabbath? What are some ways that you would/could KEEP the Sabbath?

Further Reading

Avoiding Willful Defiance

Even Christians can behave badly. And the Bible acknowledges that a believer can walk away from Jesus all together. To treat God with this kind of contempt is a terrible act of defiance. In the fourth of five warnings in the book of Hebrews, the author tells us about...

The Danger of Falling Away

Salvation is guaranteed the moment one believes Jesus for it. But becoming a Christian never guarantees that we’ll live like one. Spiritual maturity is not automatic. It requires diligent engagement with Jesus if we hope to change and grow. In the third of five...

Beware of Your Unbelief

Even Christians can be people of unbelief. Given tempting circumstances, we might cave under pressure and cease to follow God wholeheartedly. This certainly was the case with the children of Israel who took a major detour of unbelief while on their journey to the land...