Trusting God with the Unknown
"Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran." (Genesis 12:1-4, ESV)
"Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9, ESV)
An invitation to walk in God's presence!
"Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you..."
"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness." (Psalm 37:3, ESV)
An invitation to see God's Faithfulness!
2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
An Invitation to live for Jesus!
"3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
"18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit," (1 Peter 3:18, ESV)
LifeGroup Notes: - Trusting God with the Unknown
Last week in our LifeGroup study we looked at the difference between the narrow path that is difficult and seldom traveled and the wide path that is easy and well traveled. Then we looked at how we are to navigate that path--by using to God’s word as a lamp and a light, by trusting in His promises so our paths are made straight, and by resting in Him when the path less-traveled becomes too difficult and we are weary from the labor. Today we will look at a specific example, Abraham and Isaac, where we see Abraham walking a path that is not exactly clear to him--yet he walks it in complete faith! As a group, ask yourself with each question, how does this relate to what we learned last week. Below is a quick summary:
Ps. 119:105 - God’s word is to be used to illuminate the path that is often dangerous and unknown.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trusting in God’s promises helps make a difficult path more easily navi- gated, even when we do not understand the final plan.
Ps. 23:1-6 - Our relying on God when the path does not make sense or isn’t clear, over our own understanding, is to our benefit and brings Glory to His name.
Matt. 11:28-30 - When the labor of walking the path becomes overwhelming we must lean into and rely on God whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.
As a group read Gen 22:1-19
1. What can we see from v1 as it relates to GOD’s intention?
2. Looking at v2 there are two VERY interesting aspects of GOD’s instructions to Abra- ham that really illuminate the measure of Abraham’s faith. Identify and discuss them as a group.
3. There is something that is conspicuously absent from Abraham’s response in v3 to GOD’s instructions. What is it that we don’t see that makes Abraham’s faith so strong?
4. Based on what Abraham said to his servant in v5, How do you think he so confident that he would not have to sacrifice his son?
5. Abraham knew GOD’s promises and that killing Isaac would break them. Identify from the following passages what promises would be broken had Abraham actually sacrificed Isaac:
6. Isaac asks his Dad in v7, “Where is the offering”. What was Abraham’s response and how does it show a Abraham’s faith?
Abraham, just a few chapters past last the passage from last week’s sermon, displays every single one of the tenants that we discussed in last weeks LifeGroup study. Abra- ham had faith in God’s promises, trusted God’s word even when he did not completely understand, and rested in God when the burden of the difficult path gets too heavy. We can learn from Abraham how to handle a difficult time in our lives when we may not understand the particular season that we are in or the direction that God is leading us--we trust in His nature, His promises, His word, and rest in Him when that becomes tiring!