Riding the Waves
Getting to Know You
What did you find uplifting, informative, or challenging about Sunday’s lesson?
Sometimes life’s troubles come crashing down like waves. We’ve all had the experience of feeling crushed. We’ve all had the experience of overcoming. It’s like surfing: sometimes you ride the wave, sometimes the wave rides you.
Just to start this week on a positive note, who are some people in your life that really make you feel like you’re riding atop the waves of life’s troubles? What do they do to strengthen and encourage you?
In the lesson Sunday, we learned that God provides the wisdom we need to face any kind of trial or hardship. God’s wisdom comes in many forms, such as a friend’s advice, or the inner promptings of our conscience. But, really, 9 times out of 10, it’s right at our fingertips in the Bible. Let’s read some passages about the wisdom we can find by reading God’s Word.
Psalm 119:130 (CEV)
Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
According to these passages, what are the benefits of receiving wisdom from God’s word?
What, if anything, do these passages teach is required to benefit from God’s word?
Faith is a requirement for gaining wisdom. We learned on Sunday, through the teaching given in James 1:6, that we must ask and not doubt. In other words, if we want wisdom we should ask God in faith! Doubt is easy enough to have. We’re messed up; we’re hard-pressed. We’ve tried to be wise, and acted like fools. As Luke said on Sunday, “It doesn’t take any faith to see problems.” Having hope takes faith.
Let’s read a passage about faith.
Hebrews 11:1-3; 12:1b-3
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible….
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
What insights did you gain reading this passage?
What are some benefits of “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith?”
Bringing it Home
What would you like to apply from our study this week?
Imagine you saw everyone with eyes of faith—seeing their potential as children of God, rather than their human failings. Who might test your faith the most? Who might benefit the most from your faith?