1. What does being blessed mean to you?
Many people hear the word “blessing” and just think of finances, but being blessed is far more than having money. To be blessed means to be favored by God. Remember that just because God promises us a blessing doesn’t mean that it’ll come right away, sometimes we’ll have to work for it.
God told Abraham that He would be the Father of Nations, but first He had to put him to a test. I’m watching The Bible on Netflix and it said “to be chosen by God is a blessing and a test.” God tested Abraham’s faith and obedience to see if he would sacrifice Isaac like He said. Because of Abraham’s obedience God did what He said He would and made him the Father of Nations. God had already revealed the blessing to Abraham, but he still had to prove he was worthy.
2. What did y’all think about Abraham in this situation?
2 Kings 2:1-14
Elisha was persistent, he followed Elijah to make sure he got that double portion of his anointing. Elijah told him to stay 3 times, but he chose to pursue him relentlessly. Just like Elisha we need to make sure we’re in the right position to get what God says is ours. (2 Kings 2:10- “You have asked a hard thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.”) Elisha got his answer, but he still had to make sure he was at the right place to receive it. Just because you got your answer doesn’t mean it’ll physically manifest then and there. A couple weeks ago we talked about lingering in expectation and this is a perfect example of why we must tarry on and stop giving up because we don’t get what we prayed for right away. Elisha’s blessing didn’t come right away, he had to continue on with Elijah to receive it.
2 Kings 5:1-14
Elisha declared Naaman’s healing, but first he had to work for it. Don’t get discouraged because God has asked you to do something that doesn’t make sense to you because you expected the blessing to come a certain way. Dipping 7 times in the Jordan River didn’t make sense to Naaman, but he did it and was healed. Don’t miss out on your blessing because you don’t understand what God is doing in your life. Remember that God knows our future and we need to trust Him because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It’s trusting God and believing what He says will come to pass.
3. Why is it important for us to do things God’s way?
It’s important for us not to try to find our own way to get the blessing God promised us. If He said to take route B and it seems like it’s taking a long time to get there, keep going. Going your own route only leads to dead ends, flat tires, bumps on the road etc.
4. What did y’all think about what we just read?
We always talk about the Israelites and forget that we act just like them sometimes. We ask ourselves “Why didn’t they just listen” and it’s the same way we don’t listen to God when we don’t understand what He’s doing in our life. God already told them He would bring them into the Promised Land, but they still had to trust God that He would lead them there. They were so focused on how strong the people were that they didn’t have faith that God would get them through it. We need to remember that having faith will never be comfortable or convenient because we can’t see it.
(We did an activity on faith and I blindfolded 3 people and had them go from one side of the room to the other. Before they were blindfolded I put chairs down the path and after they couldn’t see I took them away. I told them to have faith that they will make it to the other side. The activity was on what we see/hear vs. what God has already told us. I also had people tell them to go left, right, stop or turn around showing them that we need to stop listening to what everyone around us says and focus on what God already told us. All 3 of them listened to everyone else, but God. All they had to do was go straight, but they were going every other way which is how we can be at times when God gives us simple directions.)
5. What did you get out of tonight’s lesson?
This is just a reminder to go get your blessing. If God says it’s yours go after it, His Word will not return to Him void. It may seem like it’s taking a while, but don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9- And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.) (Hebrews 10:35-36- Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently doing God’s will if you want Him to do for you all that He has promised.) Do things God’s way and not your own. His plans are better than our plans.