Where is God when bad things happen?
1. When starting a campfire, is it cheating to use matches and lighter fluid? Explain your position.
2. Who is the most resilient person you know? What makes them resilient in your opinion?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
3. Sometimes it is hard to see God working all things together for our good when we find ourselves in difficult times. What steps do you take when you find yourself in the middle of a situation where you can’t seem to find God working for your good?
“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
-2 Corinthians 12:7-9
4. Do you see your “thorns” as gifts?
5. Have you prayed to God asking Him to take it from you?
6. How has your thorn helped you build resilience?
7. Paul saw life differently than many of us. He felt God’s power in his weakness-he felt God’s power in the struggle. We tend to ask God to take the struggle from most of the time. What can we do to reframe the way we see our struggles?
8. Resistance can help us build resiliency. Even when we are in a difficult season, God is building something in us. What is one thing you will take to God this week-one difficult situation-that you will ask Him to help you see the struggle as a way to build resilience?