Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us that “two are better than one,” that is, teamwork is better than working alone. If this is the case, who better to partner with than God himself? Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” But God doesn’t do everything. We rely on His strength and grace, but He places a certain responsibility upon us as well. In this story Jesus gave the instruction; the disciples did the work. Our need for God as our Helper is addressed in this lesson. As finite humans we are limited in our ability and resources. We must have God. But we must also discern what our responsibility is. This is not always easy to discern. God had a solution to the disciples’ problem, and He has one for yours, too. The good news is that success always comes when we partner with God.

Discussion: What responsibility has God given you in your partnership with Him?

Discussion: What attitude should a Christian have when experiencing failure?

Discussion: *Why does God allow us to fail sometimes?

Discussion: When is the best time for God to demonstrate His power in our lives?

Discussion: When is God’s help most apparent?

Discussion: *What is true success? What does Jesus do to help us succeed? What does He leave for us to do toward our own success?