Please refer to my Most Effective Way to Teach a Youth Bible Study
- Whose Fault? - Whose fault is it when bad things happen to you? Who can you point the finger at pin the blame on?
was unfortunate enough not to have ever had children even though she
desperately wanted them. In this conversation with her husband, she
blames God for her misfortune, saying that God has kept her from having
The Bible doesn't say that God had anything
to do with Sarai's inability to conceive. It may have just been a bad
thing that happened to her. But instead of accepting her situation for
the natural condition it was, she pointed the finger at God.
she decided - note that God didn't give her this idea - to have Abram
sleep with Hagar, she was jealous of the resulting pregnancy and blamed
Abram, saying he was responsible for the situation.
When she mistreated Hagar, she was responsible for Hagar running away.
all of these instances, Sarai tried to blame someone for her problems
instead of simply accepting them and dealing with them maturely.
all have problems. Bad things happen to us. But at no time is God the
source of those bad things happening. God loves us and only wishes to
bless us. In fact, if Sarai would have been patient, she would have
found God blessing her with her own child soon enough.
does not cause bad things to happen to us. But if we will be patient
and conduct ourselves maturely instead of blaming Him and others for our
misfortunes, He will eventually help us.
What situations can you recall God helping you with? Can you have faith enough to know that He's going to do it again?
The God Who Sees Me - Hagar found herself in a desperate situation. She
was taken advantage of, then mistreated, and finally forced to flee.
She had taken more than she could handle.
And then God
finds her. God comes to her and speaks to her and blesses her.
Afterward, she acknowledges that God is the one who sees her.
you know that God sees you too? No matter what you're going through,
God sees it, and He sees you. Even now, He is coming to you, speaking to
you, telling you that He cares for you and wants to bless you. Can you
hear it? Listen to His voice speaking into your heart. Listen for His
Spirit speaking to your spirit. Let His words take shape in your mind.
He sees you. He knows you. He loves you. He cares about you and He will bless you.