Pray: To open your time together.
Read: Psalm 13:1-4
Consider: Some thoughts for your group
He is Enough
A life spent following Jesus is full of ups and downs; victories and disappointments. Scripture isn’t afraid to show both sides of this reality. In all of scripture it’s not uncommon for miracles to sit down next to death. New life regularly follows destruction. Hope and pain. Success and failure.
The writer of Hebrews (chapter 11) famously gives us a list of people faithful to the faith adding, “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.”
The through-line of all of this is a present faith. It’s tempting to believe that our feelings or situations are the greatest measure of our faith, but “Faith is the substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1) – faith is the substance, and it’s how we believe without seeing. Faith is meant to remain with us during our greatest wins and losses.
- How can we maintain faith without white-washing real disappointment and sorrow?
- What’s it like for you to “believe without seeing”?
- What do you believe are God’s reminders to you that he’s patient and constantly working on your behalf?
- What do you do with “unresolved” issues in your life? Has prayer been helpful?
As you read Psalm 13, what resonates most with you? Can you empathize with the author? What is a situation from your life that you think it reflected in this scripture?
Spend some time praying for one another. You may feel like faith is such a difficult thing to wrap your mind and soul around. Pray for perspective and understanding that the journey is far from over. Pray for those in the room that have suffered through loss of family and close relationships.