Refinery LIfe Group Questions for March 1-7
What kind of person do you become when you are lacking rest? Are you more or less productive?
What are the most important things that come to mind when you think of spiritual disciplines? Where does rest fall on that list?
Read 1 Kings 19:1-9
1 Kings 19:1-9 NIV
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, lord," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the lord came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the lord came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
Read 1 Kings 19:1-9. God incorporates a pattern of activity and rest in Elijah’s life. Where else do you see a natural pattern of activity and rest?
Read Matthew 14:22-23
Matthew 14:22-23 NIV
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,
Read Matthew 14:22-23. What steps can you take to incorporate rest into the rhythm of your life?
Is your ability (or inability) to rest an indication of your trust in God? Are you living at a sustainable pace?
What steps do you need to take in order to make rest a regular part of your life?