Job's Response to Trouble

“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (v. 22).
Satan’s plan has now been put into action. Job has just received word of the loss of his wealth, and the devastating loss of his children. Anyone of these things would be enough to cause anyone to have a tremendous emotional reaction — a reaction from the base of one’s being; a reaction that would reveal the true heart of one’s character. It did this for Job. At this point, Satan should have given up and gone away. What was revealed about Job’s surrender to and trust in God is here made absolutely clear by the way he reacted to this news. In verse 21 we see that Job considered everything that had been taken away to be some- thing that was from God and had never ceased to belong to God. It was God’s to do with as He so chose. Job had a human reaction of grief, but the spiritual reaction of unwavering faith was the witness of where his heart was. The witness given of him by God is here found in verse 22. God, who saw his heart, didn’t observe any sin nor doubt as to how com- pletely Job trusted Him. (Tim J. Brubeck)

“Perfect submission, all is at rest . . . lost in His love” (Fanny J. Crosby).

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Prayer – Lesson 10, Help in Time of Trouble

Heavenly Father, we recognize that too often our first response in times of trouble is NOT to turn to You in faith. Teach us today a new way - the way of faith instead of fear, the response of worship instead of worry, the activity of trust instead of trembling. In Jesus' name we pray this. Amen.

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How to Overcome Trouble

In "Doctrinal Discussion" William Sillings writes:

Trouble comes to all Christians — sometimes through lack of foresight, sometimes through lack of perfect control over circumstances, and sometimes through the providence of God who allows Satan to test us. None are exempt from it, but neither do any have to fall prey to it. Trouble can be conquered — through better planning and exercising greater care, through trust in God, through changing one's mindset to perceive God in life rather than always perceiving trouble. Basically, trouble can be transformed into opportunity if we fully acknowledge that we do not have the power to control everything, but that God does.

Source: Studies in the Psalms: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 62.

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Help in Time of Trouble

Lesson 10 - November 6, 2016
Focus Text: Psalm 91:1-16
Central Truth: The Lord protects those who trust in Him.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain how to reconcile God's promise of help with the occurrence of difficulties in life.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Lord Is Our Helper (Psalm 91:1-4)
  2. The Deliverance From Fear (Psalm 91:5-8)
  3. The Protection From Evil (Psalm 91:9-16)
2016-10-31T09:00:00+00:00October 31st, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

How do you respond to personal tragedy?

In "God's Word for Today" David Woods writes:

It is both fascinating and disconcerting to watch how people respond to personal tragedy. The unbeliever — the one who has no relationship with Christ, nor pretends to have any such — may react by experiencing complete meltdown, or attempting to “hold it together.” The Christian with weak faith often blames God, bargains with God, and questions God. Even the Christian with a stronger faith often responds with these telltale signs of grief. But for the one whose faith in Christ is strong, there is a difference. Many whose faith is weak find such trying circumstances strengthen their relationship with God, but there are some who allow such trouble to crush their spirit and faith in God. The distinctions may be impossible to see at first, but over time it becomes apparent.
Discussion: Obviously, such generalizations risk unfair assumptions and characterizations of people's faith. With that noted, what are some key differences between Christians whose faith is strengthened in adversity, as compared to those whose faith is obliterated?

Source: Studies in the Psalms: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 52.

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Turning Fear Into Courage

Lesson 4 - September 25, 2016
Focus Text: Psalm 27:1-14
Central Truth: In every kind of circumstance we can count on God's faithfulness. 
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to tell how we should respond when trouble arises. 
Lesson Outline:

  1. Confidence in the Promise of God (Psalm 27:1-3)
  2. Refuge for a Time of Trouble (Psalm 27:4-6)
  3. Prayer for a Time of Need (Psalm 27:7-14)
2016-09-19T09:00:00+00:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

Blessings of Christ’s Kingdom

Read Isaiah 35:1-10
“No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there” (v. 9).
While John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, he may have had this passage in mind. As Christian approached the Palace Beautiful, he spotted a lion on either side of the narrowing path. Believing death was at hand, he considered retreating. But Watchful, the porter of the palace, called, “Fear not the lions, for they are chained and are placed there for trial of faith. . . . Keep in the midst of the path, and no hurt shall come unto thee.”
Citizens of God’s spiritual kingdom often encounter lions. Satan himself is described as a roaring lion. Daniel confronted literal lions in the den, but God tamed them. Many early Christians faced raging beasts and were torn into pieces by them. Their martyr spirits were, however, safely transported to the presence of God.
Whatever lions lurk near your pathway today, remember, the God of Daniel still lives. He will bring His children safely home — as long as they tread the midst of the path, the highway of holiness. (Joyce Cooper)
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim — We tremble not for him.
His rage we can endure, For, lo, his doom is sure.
— Martin Luther

What a blessing to know the lions are chained and can come no closer to you than our Lord allows!
This devotional is the Tuesday, February 23, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.

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How Are the Trials of Life Good for Us?

In "Doctrinal Discussion" Glenn McClure writes:

We often refer to trials and tribulations as “storms” because they come upon us suddenly and overshadow our lives with devastation. It is not always easy to understand why they come, but we know that they do come. We soon learn that we must face them squarely and deal with each one properly. We should keep in mind, however, that trials are for our benefit, not our destruction.

He then lists three benefits of trials:

  1. Trials refine our character.
  2. Trials refire our commitment.
  3. Trials refresh our confidence.

Discussion: How have you experienced these benefits of trials in your own life?
Source: Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights, pages 61-62.

2016-02-04T09:00:00+00:00February 4th, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Storm Calmed

Lesson 10 - February 7, 2016
Focus Text: Mark 6:45-56
Central Truth: The presence of Christ drives out fear.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list ways we can rest in Christ’s presence during stormy times.
Lesson Outline: 

  1. The Master's Prayer (Mark 6:45-46)
  2. The Disciples' Problem (Mark 6:47-49)
  3. The Master's Presnce (Mark 6:50-52)
  4. The Master's Power (Mark 6:53-56)
2016-02-01T08:00:59+00:00February 1st, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why is it easier to believe disease and difficulty is due to sin?

"Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." (John 9:3)
In "Biblical Perspective" Gayle Woods writes:

Jesus opened their eyes to a thought which they never would have considered. There was no connection between infirmity and sin in this situation. The infirmity could not be blamed on the parents or the son. In spite of the bad situation, God would gain glory through their lives. God is often able to use us to the greatest extent when we are at the end of our resources. He takes that which is low, insignificant, and undesirable and uses it for His glory.

Discussion: Even today, many atttribute various diseases and calamities in life to people's sin. Why do we try to make this link?
Discussion: What if our link between the hardship people experience and their sin is inaccurate? What are the implications?
Source: Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 47.

2016-01-23T08:00:41+00:00January 23rd, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , , , |0 Comments


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