Title: Part 3
Date: May 28-29, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. —Blaise Pascal
One of the great temptations of the spiritual life is to believe that if I were in another season of life, I could be more spiritual. —Ruth Haley Barton
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. Psalm 119:15
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
Healthy Life Rhythms _________________
· Every Day
· Every Week
· Every Year
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Isaiah 30:15
Do you trust Me?
They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Exodus 14:11
The Lord will ﬁght for you; you need only to be still. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Exodus 14:14-15
Once a year, take an extended break to disrupt your normal routine for several days in a row. Practice all of your daily and weekly habits of rest.
15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. 16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! 17 A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” 18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
· As a kid or currently, is there anything that you do on a yearly basis (i.e. family vacations, retreats, reunions, etc.)?
· How were your rhythms of rest and work this last week?
· Is there anything you are learning about yourself or your pace of life as we go through this series?
· Read Isaiah 30:12-18
· How would you phrase verse 15 in your own words?
· What might verse 17 indicate about our perspective on life, if we do not repent, rest, be quiet, and trust? What would make a thousand flee at the threat of one?
· What does God long to do for you? (v. 18)
· Who are the ones that are blessed? (v. 18)
· What would be some practical things you could do on a yearly basis to engage in a healthy rhythm of life? Weekly? Daily?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?