7 • Part 7
When we are in the middle of a mess, feelings of frustration and impatience are often felt. Our hidden doubts find their voice. Our faith begins with energy and expectation for all that is ahead, and our belief that in the end, God will bring the joy of completion as we arrive in Heaven. But in the middle, when it seems God is taking too long or it seems too tough, it is very different. We have expectations but don’t see them happening. This midpoint can too quickly become a low point, as energy is lacking and enthusiasm wanes. We just want to give up. It’s in the middle that we start to ask the question, “Why?”
1. What stood out and connected with you this weekend and why?
2. Read John 11:1-45. Notice in verse 22 that Martha says, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Martha is being real. She hurts, she is angry. How do you relate, either from a current situation or a past one, to how she is feeling at this moment?
3. Your life will be defined either by what you go through or by Who you belong to. Right now, are you basing your identity on your situation or on your relationship with the Father? Why?
4. Jesus does not give you something to believe in; He gives you Himself. Why is it so hard to believe this when you are in the middle of the mess?
5. Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you lost hope and thought, “I don’t know what’s going on and how it will end?” Can you look back at that time now and see how God was working all along?
6. Jesus takes your problem personally. He does not rush to fix it immediately; He enters into your grief. Describe a time in your life when you found comfort knowing that when you hurt, Jesus hurts as well.
7. Jesus provides a different perspective. When you start accepting what is, rather than believing what could be, life becomes hopeless. What is the value of having to go back to the point of your pain and work through it?
8. What are you trying to run from that God is trying to bring you through in order to do a miracle in your life?
9. Jesus knows the purpose behind all that you are going through. What gives you comfort knowing He knows?