I love you. I thank God for you. I see the work that God has so intentionally set before you each and it gives me great joy. I hope you are reminded of God's love for you and the good works He has placed before you.
Last week we looked briefly at the life of Job. We focused on Job's initial response to his intense sufferings and also looked at the sovereignty of God. This week, I believe, we are entering into some uncharted territory.
Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
Consider this: Satan needs only to convince a follower of Jesus that he or she has failed so much that God's love is overshadowed by their shame.
As soon as Adam and Eve sinned in Genesis 3, they immediately realized they were naked and they were ashamed. They immediately tried to hid. They tried to cover themselves.
In that moment, Adam and Eve must have known the One who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They were created by Him. They walked with Him. Any and all fears, any desires were now a lost memory as they feared being seen by God.
I believe that far to many believers, including myself, have or currently live in a hurt that is far more painful than anything we could experience physically. This hurt comes from a realization that we have sinned before our Faithful Creator. This hurt comes from hidden places of sin that creep up constantly. This hurt comes from a fear that the Creator we once looked to would see who we really are inside. This hurt comes from lies told by the Evil One that have been subtly believed and affirmed year after year.
We will be looking at Davids affair with Bathsheba (2 Sam 11), Nathan's faithful rebuke (2 Sam 12) and David's painful response (Psalm 51).
I desperately ask that you pray for your student(s), the Well Student Ministry, the leaders (myself included), our church and even yourself as we meet tomorrow. I am asking the Spirit of God to heal the deep hurts that many carry and to leave us each restored to the very joy of our salvation in such a way that we leave with a vision to lead others to the same. Oh that we would be so disciplined that we would get back up and love, cherish and follow God even when it hurts inside.
- Remind your student(s) of the Love of God. Remind them of the Gospel.
- Hug your student(s)
- Tell your student(s) you love them
- Consider conversations to engage your student(s) in their place of hurt.
- What is their deepest fear?
- What do they worry about the most?
- What do they desire most?
- What places of failure do they assign themselves too?
- Discuss David's repentance and the forgiveness given by God
- Discuss how important it is to have a committed "Nathan" in their life.
As we journey,