WEEK 09

January 26 – February 1

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

Luke 6:1-11

Monday

Luke 6:12-49; Psalm 29:5-11; Proverbs 3:22-25

Tuesday

Luke 7:1-17; Psalm 30:1-12; Proverbs 3:26-29

Wednesday

Luke 7:18-50; Psalm 31:1-6; Proverbs 3:30-32

Thursday

Luke 8:1-25; Psalm 31:7-15; Proverbs 3:33-35

Friday

Luke 8:26-56; Psalm 31:16-24; Proverbs 4:1-3

Saturday

Luke 9:1-27; Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 4:4-6

DEVOTIONAL: READ LUKE 6:1-11

The idea of the Sabbath day has existed from the beginning of creation. In Genesis 2, God completed His work of creation and rested on the seventh day, setting it apart as a day for rest. Notably, resting on the Sabbath is also one of the Ten Commandments Moses was given in Exodus 20. In today’s quick-paced lifestyle of constant activity, we often lose sight of the God-given value of rest, reflection, and connection with God.

During the time of Jesus, the Sabbath had become a day full of religious rules. They had lost sight of God’s purpose and focused on the appearance of doing the right thing. When the religious elite accused Jesus of violating their rules, Jesus brought clarity to the purpose of the Sabbath, responding, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28). He reminded everyone that Sabbath was made for us. It’s a day to delight, worship, play, and rest with our family, friends, and community. The Sabbath protects us from our worry and obsession with work, allowing us to trust the Lord to rule over all our days. It’s not just about obeying another rule, but about being free from a constant need for busyness and self-reliance. Sabbath is not about disconnecting but about engaging our souls and others that we might point to our Healer.

The Pharisees had taken something meant to protect and give life and made it into a lifeless, religious checkbox. It had become about them and not about worshiping the Lord. No amount of religious activity or constant busyness can add to Christ’s sufficient work. In our practice of Sabbath rest, let us commit to joining the Body of Christ in weekly worship. May we seek to engage with Jesus fully throughout all of our days, including in our rest. May we set aside our own agendas and receive His gift of rest, trusting in His sufficient work!

REFLECTION

Do you trust that God has your best in mind by commanding you to rest? How can you practice trusting in God’s plan and provision?

How consistently have you engaged in worship with other believers at church? How can you and your family commit to consistently engage in worship services?

Have any spiritual practices in your life gotten out of sync with God’s heart (extra rules that you have placed on yourself, things you do to be seen, commands you ignore, etc.)? Be specific and seek counsel on how to balance these things.

DISCUSSION

What do you do to rest, relax, or recharge?

PRAYER

Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath, teach me to love as freely and beautifully as You did. Release me from the death-grip of lifeless religion, and help me to live my life for You, moment to moment. Guide me to live in obedience to Your Word, remembering Your commands and counsel. Always lead me to love You and others more. Give me wisdom and humility to follow You out of love and not for the praise of others.

Lord, grant me rest. Lead me away from distraction and busyness. Teach me to live wholly dependent on Your grace. Help me to rest in You and Your work, free from self-focused work, pride, greed, and self-justification.

Give me a love for Your Church and a commitment to Your people. Use the believers around me to encourage my soul and stir my heart for communal worship. Use me to serve, encourage, and build up the body of believers around me.

In all things teach me to submit to Your leading. Spirit, remind me of Your promised provision, stamp out the judgmental spirit of self-justification, free me from self-centered striving, and empower me to love. Amen.

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