This two-part Bible study is designed to be a personal study for adult youth workers. Youth workers are busy people! We work long hours to serve others and sometimes feel like we are running on empty. If you feel like you don’t have the time to do a personal Bible Study…this is for you! While this study has the adult youth worker in mind, it can also be used as a group Bible study for adults or teens. May God bless your time of meditation!

You can download a PDF version of the Be Still and Listen Bible Study. If you use it, let us know in the comments!


Part One: The One Thing

Read Luke 10:38-24

Have you ever read this account and been a little baffled, maybe upset? Martha is working hard to serve the Lord (just what we all strive to do in response for what He has done for us) and she is told that Mary has chosen the “one thing” that is needed and better. What a hard blow! We read in numerous other passages that the Lord wants us to serve others, put their needs before our own, and give Him our time and talents. Martha is doing just that, so why did Jesus tell her that Mary had chosen the “one thing” that was better?

As always, when a Bible passage is confusing we search out its meaning by looking at other verses and allow Scripture to interpret Scripture. Let’s look at other passages that may shed some light on this situation. What is the “one thing” that Mary chose?

Part Two: Heavenly Manna, Our Daily Bread

Read Exodus 16:11-18, 35

The Israelites ate manna for forty years, until they came to a land that was settled. They ate manna every day until they reached the border of Canaan.

The Israelites didn’t have to hunt, farm or trade for their food. For 40 years they only had to walk out of their tent and gather up what God had provided for them. They were told to take only as much as they needed for the day and wait for the Lord to provide what they would need for tomorrow. Every morning Gods mercy was new for them in a very tangible, edible way! They could literally taste and see that the Lord is good.