Depending on God in Your Life's Daily Journey
1. Two situations:
A. You have a
super-saturated schedule. Your are late for one time commitment, if you miss
the next one it will mean someone is going to be really upset with you, a
phone call a few minutes ago made your third commitment much more important
that you thought it was, and in front of you is an unexpected traffic jam for
as far as you can see.
B. You are on
vacation. You have cleared your calendar of everything for a full week and
have nothing that "must" be done. Given a moment of refection you
realize that you need to decide what would be the best way to use your
2. Read Jeremiah 17:7-8. In what way can you trust
in the Lord in each situation? Is the trust different in each situation? If
different, in what way? If the same, what are the common characteristics?
3. Consider situation A and B in light of Psalm 37:3-8. In each situation:
Verses 3-4 - What security (safe pasture) and
desire do you have?
Verses 5-6 - What must you do to commit your way
to the Lord?
Verses 7-8 - How does patience apply? In what way
might evil be an issue?
4. Read Isaiah 40:31. How much hoping or waiting
is needed? What would happen if you forgo hoping or waiting?
5. Read Philippians 4:11b-13. What is Paul telling
us that can help us in either situation? In what ways do these verses help us
depend on God?
- When do you depend on God the most?
- When do you depend on God the least?
- How do you let God know that you depend on him?
- In what ways can God depend on you?
- How might you seek a greater dependence on God
in your daily life?
7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in
the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by
the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when
heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of
drought and never fails to bear fruit."
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the
LORD, whose trust is the LORD. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that
sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for
its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it
does not cease to bear fruit.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in
the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he
will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him
and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the
dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait
patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they
carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret--it leads only to evil.
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you
will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. 4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him,
and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and
your right as the noonday.
7 Be still before the LORD, and wait
patiently for him; fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices! 8 Refrain from anger, and
forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew
their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
31 but they who wait for the LORD shall
renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they
shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
11 . . . I have learned to be content
whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know
what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in
any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in
plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me
11 . . . I have learned, in whatever state I
am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound;
in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty
and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who