With the start of Rally Day on Sunday, September 13, which begins Sunday School and mid week activities, this will be the last At Home Bible Class. Also, the numbers attending Sunday church and Bible Study have gotten closer to our original attendance, so we hope to see you at church worship & Bible Study. The Board of Christian Education hopes you enjoyed this series of At Home Bible Studies.
At Home Bible Study from your Board of Christian Education – 9/09/20
Lesson 17 Life Principle: The Dark Moments of our Life will Last Only so Long as it is Necessary for God to Accomplish His Purpose in Us
Sometimes it seems as if the trials never really end: you’re either beginning one, in the middle of one, or just ending a season of difficulties. Whether relational, financial, physical, or spiritual, these challenges can be very draining and discouraging. Also, problems don’t happen in a vacuum–there are always new emergencies and troubles to deal with that make life even more difficult.
Yet God is always good. This may be a difficult truth to accept while you’re going through a trial, but it’s one that you need to cling to if you want to make it through. It’s also helpful to remember: The dark moments of our life will last only so long as it is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.
Reading: Read 1 Samuel 27:1-8, 29:3-7, 30:1-6, Isaiah 30:18-21
Questions/thoughts to consider:
- Read 1 Samuel 27:1-8. David had been anointed king of Israel by Samuel while the present king, Saul, was still alive. What is going on at this point in David’s life?
- How long was David with the Philistines (7)?
- Where did Achish the king of the Philistines tell David to dwell (6)?
- What was wrong with this land (8)?
- Read 1 Samuel 29:3-7. How did the Philistines react to having David in their midst (4)?
- How do you think that David felt to be rejected in his homeland and by the Philistines?
- Read 1 Samuel 30:1-6. What did David and his men find when they got home to Ziklag (1-3)?
- Who did all the people blame for their misfortunes (6)?
- Read Isaiah 30:18-21. What does God want to do (18)?
- When you cry out to God, how does He respond (19)?
- Why does God allow adversity in your life (20-21)?
My dear Lord and Savior, why does my life have to be so painful at times? I know the answer is not simple because Your discipline and instruction are unique to every person. You want to get my attention, teach me to turn only to You, and train me to minister to others who have profound hurts. Usually that means you have to touch me in an area deep within my soul. But I know that You will never allow me to suffer without a significant reason. Therefore, don’t let me run from my problems. Let me face them with faith in You, knowing that You will not give me more than I can bear. Help me Jesus, to spend time in Your Word and in prayer so that you can change up my life in order to let me make a difference in this world for Your sake. I ask this in Your precious name. Amen.