Week Three (B): I Am In Control?

Introduction


Think about a time when you worked into the night to meet a deadline or said to a friend ‘I'm busy, can I call you next week?’ Of course there will be crises that take up our time but if we are truly honest (you can read this next bit with of a whisper so no-one hears!) we put off what we are supposed to do until another day.[1] Then the deadline looms! The point we are considering together in this study is: God has called us to do something and He wants us to get on with it! Or as Tim Chester suggests we can live the lie: ‘I work better under pressure.’ This lie can lead us into all sorts of dead ends and false paths and Chester encourages us to face the liberating truth: ‘that God alone is my refuge.’[2]


Study - God alone is my refuge


1. READ together Psalm 62:1-8 and note any first thoughts, ideas or questions.


2. Share a few tasks that you have had to complete this week.

  1. Do they vary? Are there any similarities?

  2. Did you find some of the tasks overwhelming?

  3. Did you procrastinate at all this week? (Honesty is the best policy!)

3. REFLECT together:

  • What things do/did you avoid?

  • Do just like being busy?

  • Or is busyness your refuge?

4. Feeling overwhelmed (no, not to this study!)? Honestly, reflect on your refuge when you feel overwhelmed.

  • Where do you head when things are getting busy?

  • Are able to sense the signs of things becoming a little overwhelming?

  • Consider David’s response by marking the instances David says ‘my’ in the Psalm.

  • List them:

  • What does God provide for us?

  • Re-read the list;

  • Read them out loud;

  • Make a copy and read them the next time you feel overwhelmed.

5. Tim Chester says:

David has learnt two important lessons about God: he is strong and he is loving. When we face overwhelming tasks or problems we would rather avoid we can be sure of two things: God is able to do us good because he is strong; God plans to do us good because he is loving.[3]

6. PAUSE & PRAY


Firstly, confess a need for God:

  • Acknowledge where you procrastinate...

Secondly, place your faith in God as your refuge

  • READ Psalm 91:1-2 together by repeating the lines...

Leader: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Group: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High


Leader: Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty

Group: Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty


Leader: I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust’

Group: I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust’


TOO BUSY TO PRAY?

How does our need to be in control impact on the time we take to pray? What would change if we changed from a ‘i am’ in control to a ‘I AM’ in control mindset?


NM

[1] ‘So what should I do when we waver between the biscuit tin and the ironing? What should we do as our mouse hovers between solitaire and word?’ (Chester,. T, The Busy... 131)

[2] Chester, T., The Busy Christians Guide (126)

[3] Chester, T., The Busy Christians Guide (135/6)

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