Are you feeling the pain of being isolated from the world? Are you lonely and maybe even afraid? This series will ignite hope inside of you as we unearth God’s handiwork during our times of isolation.
Are you feeling the pain of being isolated from the world? Are you lonely and maybe even afraid? This Easter series will ignite hope inside of you as we unearth God’s handiwork during our times of isolation.
This week we continue in our series Isolation vs Hope. Pastor Craig discusses the life of Joseph and examines how God uses times of isolation for great advancement for His purposes. We can learn many things through the life of Joseph. Joseph walked with the Lord, and his character the virtues he lived by - are attainable for the believer who walks with the Lord even when we are in the pit!
1. Open this time of discussion with initial thoughts and responses to this week’s sermon.
2. Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt like God had forgotten you? Are you currently in a situation like that?
3. Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t do? How did you respond?
4. Do you usually associate good circumstances with God’s favor and bad circumstances with God’s punishment? Explain.
5. If you read a synopsis of your life, where would you see evidence that God was with you and looked upon you with favor, even when you couldn’t see it?
6. How can your obedience and faithfulness to God in hard circumstances point others to His goodness?
Stay determined and always do the right thing! God is conforming you to the image of Jesus.
God is working His purposes in your life. God deserves the glory no matter our circumstances. Ask Him to remind us of His favor in our lives, even when we don’t immediately see it.
A loving God is full of purpose whenever He leads His people into the pit, remember the Valley of Achor.
“For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.” Lamentations 3:33 NLT
Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”
Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that hemight be the first born among many brothers and sisters.”
Romans 2:4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Psalm 105:16-22 ESV “When he summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure and to teach his elders wisdom.”
Hosea 2:14-15 "Therefore,behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt."
Lamentations 3:19,22,24-25,27:“Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind,and therefore I have hope: … 22. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is goodthat one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. 27. Itis good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love.”