You can trust God with the pain in your life, knowing that even though you may not see it now, God is working a good work beyond what you could imagine.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing that you found particularly encouraging or challenging from this message?
- What is one of the most difficult things you have ever been through?
- Read and discuss these sections in Genesis for an overview of Joseph’s life: Genesis 37:1-9, 26-7; 39:1-12, 20-23; 41:39-41; 45:1-8, 50:19-21. What stands out to you about Joseph, his life, and his character? How do you see Gods intended good in the life of Joseph?
- Discuss this statement: “Present pain makes little sense.” How have you observed or experienced this? How does pain tend to affect your relationship with God, for better or worse?
- Do you find it difficult to remain faithful in seasons of pain? How does 1 Peter 1:3-7 instruct us on this matter?
- Why does pain often seem so unfair? What is something in your life now that seems unfair?
- What is something you need to remain faithful through? What present pain is God calling you to faithfully endure?
- How have you seen God redeem and use your pain or the pain of others?
- Pastor Jim outlined three basic responses to life’s pain: become bitter, become mediocre, or remain faithful. Which of these have you experienced? Which do you naturally tend toward?
- Spend some time in prayer for the things that you’ve discussed. Give thanks to God that He can intend our pain for good, and pray that He will enable you to trust His hand in the midst of life’s struggles.