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Welcome to the second week of our series Honest to God. This week’s conversation is about how we can honestly talk to God during times of external and internal crisis.
Have someone read Psalm 42 aloud. What words or images stand out to you?
TELL THE TRUTH
External situations seem to lead the psalmist to a spiritual crisis. How have you experienced this in the past?
Pastor Jeff Manion mentioned there is a healthy approach to facing difficult times. It doesn’t help to pretend everything is ok, check out or grow cynical. How do you think it is healthy to be honest with yourself and God about what is going on?
VISIT THE PAST
Have someone read Psalm 42:4-6 aloud. The psalmist seems to recall his times of worship and times with God in nature. What are some experiences or places where you felt close to God?
The psalmist seems to find some comfort in remembering what has happened in the past. How could remembering what God has done in the past help us trust him when he feels distant?
TALK TO YOURSELF
Pastor Jeff Manion emphasized words from Pastor Martin Lloyd Jones as he reflected on Psalm 42. Both Pastor Jones and Pastor Jeff believe that we too often listen to negative self-talk instead of talking to ourselves and encouraging ourselves to believe in God. How can it be helpful in times of crisis to tell ourselves to trust in God and that we won’t let this circumstance end our faith?
REMEMBER WHAT YOU BELIEVE
The psalmist recognizes that his ultimate hope is that God is his salvation. We know Jesus gave his life to offer us salvation. How can clinging to the hope we have in Jesus’ death and resurrection encourage us to fight against despair?
Share with your group what a prayer might look like for you right now incorporating telling the truth, visiting the past, talking to yourself and remembering what you believe.
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