While on this earth, we are “between a rock and a hard place.” The rock is the promise of God of a coming heavenly city – the hard place is living life in this fallen world. When we seek the city, we lose sight of this world; we we seek the world, we lose sight of the city. Take joy in the journey, because the hardships of this life will never cancel out the promises of God.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- Read and discuss Genesis 12:10-20 and 13:1-18. What do these passages tell you about the nature of man? Of God?
- Instead of perfect people, Scripture shows us people who struggle and often fail. Is this comforting to you? Why or why not?
- What are some of the promises of God that are particularly precious to you? Why?
- “When we seek the city, we lose sight of this world; we we seek the world, we lose sight of the city.” How have you seen this principle at work?
- In what ways are you personally prone to let the “hard places” (hardships, temporary circumstances) overtake your joy in the “rock” (the promise of God of a coming heavenly city)?
- What is currently a “hard place” for you in your life? How can your Shepherd Group encourage you toward joy in God in this season of your pilgrimage?