Hi Small Group Leaders! We’re wrapping up our Into The Wild series this week. As we do, we’re going to talk about Abraham and Isaac and the way God changed the way they saw Him. We’re praying for you this week!
WEEK THREE SUMMARY: May 13
Sometimes the circumstances in our lives and the things we’re told about God just don’t seem to add up. We hear that God is loving and kind, but life makes us feel like He’s the opposite. As we look one last time at Abraham’s story, we’ll see that it’s in the moments where we’re most unsure of who God is that He has the most potential to change the way we see Him.
Let God shape the way you see Him.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students understand that God loves them and can be trusted, no matter their current circumstances.
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you” (Genesis 22:1-2 NIV).
- Are you a person who loves to swim with stingrays and thinks it would be cool to see a bear on a hike? Or would you rather stay by your neighborhood pool?
- Why is it difficult for us to know and trust what God is like?
- In what ways do our circumstances affect the way we
- If you were honest, how would you describe your view of God right now?
- What would it look like for you to let God shape the way you see Him?
- If you trusted God no matter what, how would that change the way you approach God and your circumstances?
Sometimes, the things we believe to be true about God don’t seem to line up with the things we experience in our lives. We view God as one way, but then our circumstances suddenly make us wonder if that could possibly be true at all. We believe God is faithful, but then life disappoints us. We believe God is good, but then something truly terrible happens to us. We believe God is trustworthy, but then the rug gets pulled out from under us. The list could go on and on.
We’re not the first people to feel this way or question our view of God; in fact, Abraham probably felt this tension between his view of God and his circumstances on Earth more than anyone. He trusted God, believing Him to be faithful after God gave him a son, Isaac, whom he’d prayed and waited for. But then God called him to do something crazy—to sacrifice Isaac’s life. Though he was afraid, Abraham still followed God’s leading, even into a circumstance that had the potential to change everything he knew about God.
And how did God respond?
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:12 NIV).
We can’t always explain why our circumstances happen the way they do. We can’t always understand why God allows for things to play out as they do on Earth. But we can say that, just as He was with Abraham, God is always working. He’s always creating room for us to be surprised by His love and to change the way we see Him.
Is there a circumstance in your life that’s making you question your view of God? Share that with Him this week. Pray that in the midst of what’s happening in your life, He would show up and show you that He’s still working.
“What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing to us.” –A.W. Tozer