At Home Bible Study from your Board of Christian Education – 8/05/20
Lesson 12 Life Principle: Obey God and Leave all the Consequences to Him
How do you relate to God, His commands, and the challenges and temptations that confront you? The world denies that God has any authority, but as a believer you understand the truth. As the Creator of all that exists, God has the right and the power to conform all circumstances to His will. He’s also entitled to expect a certain standard of behavior from those who believe in Him.
When God directs you to do something, how do you respond? Do His commands seem too difficult or costly for you to obey? Are you facing a decision that seems overwhelming? Are you torn about whether or not to follow God’s instructions? This lesson should help you: Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
The word Obey in the Old Testament means to listen, agree, understand and yield to. To obey God means that you must listen for His voice and trust what He’s telling you.
Reading: Exodus 19:1-7 and Exodus 3
Questions/thoughts to consider:
- Read Exodus 19:1-7. What had happened to the people of Israel in Egypt?
- Why was it important that the Israelites saw God’s power in action (4)?
- What was Israel’s reward if the people obeyed God (5-6)?
- What does it mean to you to be God’s “own possession” (5)? What especially appeals to you about the promise of His love and acceptance?
- Read Exodus 3. What was God’s command to Moses (7-10)?
- What problems and consequences could come about from such a bold move by Moses (11,13,19)?
- Do you think that, humanly speaking, Moses was right to be afraid with all of those obstacles?
- What was God’s specific promise to Moses (12)? How do you know that God kept His promise?
- What challenge are you facing today? What is God leading you to do? Can you obey God and leave it in His hands?
Our dearest Lord, when we choose to disobey you, what we’re really saying is that we don’t have confidence in You. Yet we cannot have intimate fellowship with someone that we don’t trust. Temptations and troubles come into our life, and we worry that, if we obey You, we’ll lose something that we really want. On the other hand, if we’re committed to pursuing an intimate relationship with You, trusting and obeying You in in all circumstances, then we will know that we’re receiving Your very best for our lives, which is far better than we could ever obtain on our own. We come to you in prayer, asking You to increase our faith and to transform our life so that we can affect the world for the sake of Your kingdom. We ask this in Your holy name. Amen.