In Psalm 119:71 the writer states: “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statues.” Describe an experience when God used an unpleasant experience to get your attention. What did you learn about God through the event?
In Ephesians 5:15–16 the apostle Paul says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Take a few moments to consider how you spend your day hour-by-hour. What changes can you make to your daily routine that will allow you to make the best use of your time?
In Colossians 3:23–24 the apostle Paul writes: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Knowing that God expects excellence in every activity you are engaged in, what changes can you make to insure that you are giving God your best?
In James 1:12 the Bible says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Have you ever gone through a difficult experience and really made a mess out of it? Would you have responded differently if you had known the trial was actually a test from God meant to bless you with a reward?
In Isaiah 55:8–9 the Bible says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” How does knowing that God is infinitely more intelligent than you are help you trust Him more during uncertain situations?