Summer of Rest 23 June 2019 // Rest as Stillness

This summer, we’re going on a journey to discover what rest truly means. We’re going to strip away a lot of the busy-ness of modern life and learn to enjoy simply BEING with God. We won’t be gathering as a large group for corporate worship during this time. However, follow along with us and join us for small group gatherings / online devotions!

16 June: Rest as sabbath

23 June: Rest as stillness

30 June: Rest as yieldedness

7 July: Rest as a dwelling place

14 July: Rest as a promise

21 July: Rest as security/assurance

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. -Psalm 62:5

This week, we will look at Rest as stillness before God. In your group(s), follow along in these steps:

  1. Open in prayer, asking God to speak to you through His word and each other

  2. Read the following:

    “Be still and know that I am God,” Psalm 46:10, is a popular verse for comforting ourselves and others—many people tend to think this verse means to rest or relax in who God is. This verse does encourage believers to reflect on who God is, but there is more to this psalm than one verse—and verse 10 is actually more of a wake-up call to be in awe than a gentle call to rest. Taking time out of our day to meditate on Scripture and be silent with listening ears toward God is mentioned in other sections of Scripture (Psalm 119:15, Joshua 1:8, Luke 5:16, and others). But this command—“Be still…”—is written in the context of a time of trouble and war; therefore, we should consider the verse with that context in mind.

    Instead of interpreting “be still” as a gentle suggestion, the meaning in this psalm lends itself more to: “cease striving” or “stop” and more specifically in this context “stop fighting,” which is directed toward the enemies of the people of God. The people of God should interpret the command for themselves to read more like: ‘snap out of it,’ ‘wake up,’ ‘stop fearing’—acknowledge who your God is—be in awe! However, it is good to note that there’s nothing wrong with the words in the translation “be still;” those words are not incorrect, it is simply helpful to note the context of the phrase. Verse 10 has something to say to both the enemies of God and the people of God, but it is the people of God the psalm is written to. Verse 1 starts, “God is our refuge and strength” (emphasis added). The Psalms are for God’s people.

  3. Watch this video which speaks on our addiction to busyness together:

4. Ask your group the following questions:

What are some unnecessary items you have in your life today which you will remove to make more space for stillness and Rest with God this week ?

4. write down each person’s response(s) and agree to pray for each person this week.