#struggles: Rest

Like money, social media is a great servant but a terrible master.
— Carey Nieuwhof

…“I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. -1 Corinthians 6:12  

  • 58% of people don’t go one waking hour without checking their phone.
  • 59% of people check email as it comes in and 89% check it daily on vacation.
  • 80% of teenagers sleep with their phones.
  • 84% of people believe they couldn’t go one day without their phones.

GOD HAS A SPECIAL REST IN CHRIST

HEBREWS 4:1-13 - God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. 2 For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. 3 For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. 4 We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” 5 But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest.” 6 So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. 7 So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” 8 Now if Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about another day of rest still to come. 9 So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. 10 For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. 11 So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall. 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
You have made us for yourself, O Lord,
and our soul is restless until it finds rest in you.
— St. Augustine
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” -Matthew 11:28-29

Rest is the reward of contentment, intimacy, authenticity, and compassion.

And let the peace (rest) that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. -Colossians 3:15

Rest & Be Thankful

Our response to whatever life presents is to rest and be thankful.

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls… -Jeremiah 6:16

TALK IT OVER

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how addicted are you to technology and why?
  2. What is a good defensive plan for you and those you love to overcome or prevent an addiction to technology?
  3. What is a good offensive plan to seek God first in your life?