We’ve seen Him do it here, on the blog:
weaving our lives together so that we
feel His breath on the back of our necks.
One incident I’ll never forget happened when I was trying to show
that God has a plan for our lives that will make sense when we get to heaven.
When He looks down, He says:
“You are on track.”
“You are right where I want you to be.”
“You are here.”
This is not the end of the story, however.
It will make sense, one day.
I posted a sign I just grabbed from google images:
When our own dear Chris saw that sign, she froze.
THAT WAS THE EXACT SIGN, THE VERY HOSPITAL SIGN,
WHERE SHE AND HER HUSBAND
SAT IN GRIEF AFTER GETTING BAD NEWS ABOUT THEIR
DANIEL HAD BEEN ACCOSTED AND EVENTUALLY DIED IN THAT HOSPITAL.
SHE ASKED ME WHY I CHOSE THAT SIGN.
I could honestly tell her I didn’t, but God did.
With my whole heart I believe God led Chris to this blog,
and God led me to choose that image out of dozens of images,
so He could whisper to her:
You are here. But, my child, this is not the end of the story.
Last weekend my daughter Sally and her family came,
for it was the anniversary of my husband’s and her daddy’s home-going.
As we talked, curled up by the fire, I learned something new,
and in the midst of this sorrowful time, I felt His breath on the back of my neck.
(That story next week!)
And again, we had that sense God was reassuring us,
that though at the time, we felt like we were walking
through a dark tangle of branches,
He had us where we were meant to be.
If we could see what He sees, that “briar patch” would look like this:
1.What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. How did God lead you to this blog? Has there been a time when you felt “His breath on the back of your neck?”
Monday: The Lord is In Control
3. Meditate on the above proverb — look at it in context. What similarity do you see in the following proverbs? Do you find comfort in this? If so, why?
4. Look at Proverbs 16:9 in more than one translation. What is God saying? Does this mean we shouldn’t make plans?
5. Give an illustration of Proverbs 16:9 from your life.
Tuesday-Thursday Bible Study: Seeing the Greater Joseph
Most of you know the story of Joseph, but what I want you to see is the “greater” Joseph, Jesus Christ. For when you see that, you cannot help but also see that God planned the whole tapestry of Joseph’s life. I credit Charles Spurgeon with helping me see so many of these parallels.
6. Read Genesis 37
A. What did his brothers hate Joseph?
B. Why did the Pharisees and religious leaders hate Jesus?
C. How was Joseph betrayed by his brothers? How was Jesus?
7. Read Matthew 16:21-22
A. What did Jesus know?
B. Why did Peter think Jesus was stepping outside of God’s plan?
8. Read Genesis 44
A. How did Joseph test the hearts of his brothers?
B. How did Judah demonstrate the heart of genuine repentance?
C. God has to bring us to conviction before we see our need for a Savior. How
has God brought you to conviction?
9. What confidence, despite all his suffering, did Joseph have according to Genesis 50:19-21?
10. How is Christ’s response to us, as sinners, like unto Joseph’s response to his brethren?
11. What trouble are you facing right now that God is allowing to test you? How are you doing with the test, and why?
12. What application can you make of this to your life right now?
Friday: Read This From Charles Spurgeon:
13. What comments or notes do you have from the above?
14. What is your take-a-way and why?