Faithful friends are rare,
Solomon will tell us this week,
but, oh, when we find one,
the good they can do!
It is vital to realize that because we are all sinners,
only the Lord will never fail us.
Recently in study a hurting woman asked:
“Is it true I cannot put my trust in any person?”
There was a silence, and I finally spoke up.
“Yes, that is true. The only One who will never betray us, move away, or die is Jesus. It is important we love our friends and family, but not make them our Solid Rock. “
She teared up and said, “I guess I’m just realizing that.”
So though it is true that we dare not make any
person our Solid Rock, we can ask the Lord to make us
more like Him, so that we are the kind of friend who
brings great healing and joy.
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. This month, each day, we are sharing ways we spied God in our life in the last twenty-four hours. (An explanation can be found on last week’s blog.) How have you seen God in your life in the last day?
Monday: Proverbs 20:5
3. Think of a way in the past a friend has brought healing to you –for often we spy Jesus in our friends.
4. Read slowly Proverbs 20:5.
A. To what does Solomon compare the purposes of a man’s heart?
B. What does this word picture teach you about our hearts?
C. What can a man of understanding do?
D. What are some ways a good friend has done this for you?
Tuesday: Questions That Draw Out Our Hearts
5. Share a God Hunt from the last 48 hours.
Watch this two minute video from Ed Welch of CCEF:
6. What two questions did Ed’s friend ask him? Can you think of another good question to draw out the deep waters of another’s heart?
7. Ed Welch made an important comment at the end, saying: “We want to hear what was a weight to their soul, and what lifted their soul — and enter into each with either empathy or joy.” How might you do each of those things? Be specific.
I think I’m going to phrase the question like this: “What lifted your soul this week and what brought it down?” I too will report on the below action assignment!
Action Assignment: Do the above with someone this week and report by Friday.
Wednesday: Proverbs 20:6
A. What do you learn from Proverbs 20:6?
B. How might you apply this truth? Be specific.
10. One of the ways I would apply this is to remember not to be shocked by betrayal, for we are all sinners. But also, to ask the Lord to help me be a faithful friend. Since faithfulness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, how might you go about becoming more faithful? (Hint — See John 15)
Thursday: Our Pursuing God
11. For your God Hunt today, share a way God has pursued you. Be specific.
Watch the following short video and then be ready to answer the questions.
12. How does Welch describe God pursuing us?
13. How might you move toward people, rather than waiting for them to move toward you? Think about church, small group, your workplace, or any place you frequent.
14. Welch talks about caring enough about people to have a little of them etched on your soul. What does that mean?
Friday: Action Assignment Report
15. Share today’s God Hunt.
16. Report on your action assignment.
17. What’s your take-a-way this week?