Warning Signs | Don't Fail to Enter Christ's Rest, Day 3
We can rest and trust in God, knowing that He protects us, fights for us, and saves us.
Verse of the Day
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
What is your dream vacation?
Does rest typically come easy for you, or is it difficult to experience? Explain.
For many people, true rest is difficult to come by. We lie awake at night thinking about the things that worry us, playing out every outcome in our minds. We take vacations and often come back less rested than when we left, feeling like we need to take a vacation from our vacation!
In Psalm 3, we find that King David could relate. He was fleeing from his son Absalom. Absalom had started a revolt against David, declared himself king, and had slept with David’s concubines. For David, getting a good night’s rest was certainly a challenge during this time!
As we examine the psalm, we’ll find out why David could rest even when his life was in such turmoil.
Read Psalm 3:1-4
O Lord , how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Psalm 3:1-4 ESV
Can you relate to the feeling David sensed in verse 2? In your life, have difficult situations drawn you closer to God or pushed you away from Him? Explain.
How did David handle the temptation to worry, despair, or take matters into his own hands? What does his example teach you to think and do when it seems there is no help in a situation?
Even while David had more and more enemies every day, life was a complete mess, and he was in danger He still rested on the fact that God was sustaining him and was there for him through it all.
Even while it was very tempting to believe everyone who told David he was hated by God, God had turned His back on him, or any variety of discouraging things people said about him David clung to God and knew he could trust God.
We can be certain that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us, even when life gets crazy or things are going horribly wrong.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 ESV
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b ESV
Read Psalm 3:5-6
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Psalm 3:5-6 ESV
What did sleep teach David about God?
How are sleeping and faith in God related, especially in times of stress?
What does it mean that the Lord “sustains” us?
How has God been faithful to you in a time when it felt like life was against you?
We do not need to be afraid to sleep because God will sustain us and provide for us.
We should sleep easier knowing God is with us, and have faith He will sustain us as He promises.
God and His salvation are a shield to us in times of trouble and we can rest in Him knowing He has already fought for us and continues to fight for us.
Read Psalm 3:7-8
Arise, O Lord ! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Psalm 3:7-8 ESV
What is the relationship between prayer and rest?
Does the fact that God saves us mean that our circumstances will always work out like we hope?
We should never be afraid of pleading with God. He in fact calls on us to cast our cares to Him.
God understands and expects our requests and wants us to trust Him enough to bring them to Him.
We are experiencing spiritual warfare and the only one who can help us is our Heavenly Father. He is the only one who can fight this spiritual battle we are in and we must trust Him to do so.
We can rest in the fact that God, in His sovereignty, protects, provides, fights for and saves us.
How might it impact you to remind yourself as you lie down to go to sleep each night this week that God is your help and your shield, and that God has shown Himself faithful to you?
Respond to the following statement: my work is God’s to complete. In what situation do you struggle to believe that and trust God rather than yourself?
Based on what we’ve discussed in today’s lesson, how can this group pray for you so that you can experience true rest?
Thank God for protecting you, fighting for you, and saving you. Confess the struggle in trusting Him to do those things, and invite Him to help you rely on Him like David did, no matter what circumstances you face.