learn to rest in God

What to Do If You Fell Behind in Your Bible Study

“Rest is a form of worship,” she said, and I sat in the conference room feeling the full weight of her words.

“Sometimes we feel like if we stop doing all the things that need to be done in order to keep things running smoothly, then our world will come crashing down.” And in my mind I saw the unwritten blog posts, the unanswered emails, the unwashed laundry, and the undone Bible studies. These all glared at me from their uncrossed place on my to-do list, urging me to hustle and get them done.

“But when we pause and rest in God, we’re saying, ‘Father, You’re big enough to keep the world spinning on its axis even while I sleep, and I know I can trust You to keep my world spinning while I rest too.‘”

In the moment, I knew exactly what areas of my life I needed to bow before God in worship.

Perhaps you do, too.

But we often forget that this principle of rest in our spiritual lives too. It’s so easy to feel like the responsibility for our spiritual wellness lies in our ability to keep up with all the Bible studies, all the prayer initiatives, all the service projects, and all the disciplines. We feel guilty that we skipped our morning Bible study to sleep in after a rough night with the newborn. Or we feel proud that we’re the only one in our small group to have finished that week’s Bible homework.

But friends, hear me on this: our worlds, our lives, our very walk with Jesus rest not in our doing but in our being. Being centered in Jesus. Being found in Jesus. Being still in Jesus.

God even says so: Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).  

If you fell behind in the Deeper Bible Study series, listen to me: God’s got you. It’s okay. His grace is enough to sustain you and hold you and keep you. Lay all your worries at His feet and rest in Him today. Learn that He is enough.

And if you’ve done every assignment, listen to me: God’s got you. It’s okay. His grace is enough to sustain you and hold you and keep you. Lay all your accomplishments at His feet and rest in Him today. Learn that He is enough.

Wherever you are on this journey today, stop hustling and rest in Him. He’s got you. He is enough.

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