What are the deep seated reasons why we tend to think that busier/fuller lives are better?
• A full life brings us a sense of significance, security, or worth. We use busyness and overindulgence as a means of self-exaltation.
• We do not trust God to fulfill His promises to us, so we play God, falsely believing we need to provide, finish, do, control, and hoard.
• We place our hope and joy in things that ultimately do not fulfill.
• We don’t know how to be still. We never learned.
• We don’t know how to be content and satisfied. We never learned.
• We don’t like ourselves enough to be alone with ourselves for an extended period of time. – Priscilla Shirer
Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)
Many of Priscilla’s insights regarding the deep-seated reasons why we tend to think that busier/fuller lives are better definitely resonated with me. They made me think about how we, as a people and as a culture, thrive on doing, on having, and on controlling. Instead, I believe we need to be a people who focus on exalting God. We need to set our minds and hearts on knowing Him and on surrendering to Him and His determined will.
Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)
Go back and reread Genesis 1-2, then answer the following questions.
• What lesson can we learn from God’s example about rest and its importance in and for our lives?
• Was rest meant to be a part of God’s provision plan for man?
• Can rest be looked upon as means for man to be satisfied?
Actions… (Life Application)
Compile a list of all the ways in which God provides you with rest and satisfaction. Pray a prayer of gratitude to the LORD regarding each. Notice, over the course of your week, how the eyes of your understanding are opened.
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