Difficulty does not mean you are out of God’s will; it might mean you are right at the center of it. The world appears to be winning, but the providence of God will have the last word.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing about this message that was particularly helpful, challenging, or encouraging for you?
- Read and discuss Genesis 37:12-36. What does this reveal about the nature of the human heart & conscience? How do you see the providence of God moving in the lives of Joseph and his brothers?
- Discuss the following statement: “The providence of God is God leveraging the good, the bad and the ugly out of human nature to bring to fruition His sovereign plan.” Where else do you see this in Scripture? Where have you seen it in your own life?
- Why has God given us a conscience? How does the world erode our conscience? How can we renew or “reboot” our conscience?
- Discuss this statement: “Obedience to God may be costly. Difficulty does not mean you are out of God’s will; it might mean you are right at the center of it.” Has walking in obedience with Jesus ever cost you something? What difficult things do you experience as a direct result of your obedience to God?
- What is something in your life now that God is calling you to be obedient in? What would obedience look like in that thing? What is holding you back?
- How would you rate your level of trust in God? How can we deepen our trust in Him?