How to Rest in Parenting

Psalm 127:3–5

Rest in parenting will not come through getting our children to nap during the day and sleep during the night. In this lab, John Piper reminds us that rest in parenting comes from going to Jesus with our burdens.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Psalm 127:3–5:

  1. Do you characterize your parenting as restful? Did your parents rest well?
  2. What do you think Psalm 127:1–2 has to do with the rest of the psalm about parenting? Why might parents who have been given many children be called blessed (Psalm 127:5)?
  3. God gives to his beloved sleep. How can you work, parent, and serve from rest this week?

To download the lab, go to its Vimeo page.

Principle for Bible Reading

Do Old Testament Promises Apply to Me?

As we read the Old Testament, we come across lots of promises God made to Israel. Do any of these promises apply to me? When reading Isaiah 41:10, for example, is it okay to trust that God will strengthen me, help me, and uphold me?

John Piper says yes based on Galatians 3 and 2 Corinthians 1:20. The promises to Israel were made to Abraham’s offspring. Paul ultimately identifies Jesus as that offspring. Because faith unites us to Christ, all of those promises are ours in him.