What Can We Learn from Adversity

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SPEAKER

Steve Hill

SCRIPTURE

2 Chronicles 20:15-31

OUTLINE

  1. I can surrender to God or surrender to fear.
  2. God will place you in the right place at the right time.
    • Regrets of Action
    • Regrets on Inaction
  3. The valley of blessing is a place of praise and thanksgiving.
  4. When you’ve been to the valley, others will notice.
  5. Sometimes we drift backwards after a great victory.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. King Jehoshaphat moved his army toward the battle and experienced victory without firing a shot. God fought the battle for him but Jehoshaphat didn’t know this when he approached the invaders. Do you have a similar experience? How has God provided for you during tough times?
  2. What might be your “regrets of action” and your “regrets of inaction”?
  3. The Jewish people experienced a Valley of Blessing by plundering the invading armies. Sometimes in Scripture, a valley is a place of doom and gloom. Psalm 23 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Describe your darkest valleys in life and your valley of blessings. How can you be a blessing to someone else during this pandemic?
  4. The people experience a miracle in the Valley of Berakah and yet their hearts drifted away from the Lord (see v. 33). Why do our hearts drift away from the Lord? How can we maintain a healthy commitment to Jesus for the long term?
  5. The people celebrated the victory by singing joyfully to the Lord on their way to the temple. What do you think it will be like to gather again as a group to sing together? To see each other?