When Strivings Cease (Genesis 29:31-30:43)

Main Point: Strivings cease when we learn that God is enough in every circumstance.

Outline:

  1. Striving for Love (vv. 29:31–35)
  2. Striving for Honor (vv. 30:1–24)
  3. Striving for Success (vv. 30:25–43)
  4. When Strivings Cease

Additional Sermon Content

Defining Envy

  1. Definition of Envy: A feeling of unhappiness at the blessing of others (Rigney)
  2. The Idolatry of Envy: (Fill in the blank) “Give me ____ or I die!”

In the grip of envy, we weep at those who rejoice and rejoice over those who weep.

Joe Rigney

Fighting Envy

  1. Thank God for what you have.
  2. Pray for the good of those you envy.
  3. Think of all Jesus has given you.

Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28–30

Practices to Cease Striving

  1. Schedule Sabbath. Set aside a day a week for rest.
  2. Strive by grace. Work by faith in God’s grace.
  3. Speak to God. Bring your thanks and disappointments to God.
  4. Seek Contentment. Consider ways that Jesus is enough in your circumstance.

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