Christlife Posture: Trusting God's Wisdom

Topic: Who or What do I trust for Wisdom? 

Suggested Approach: Choose 1 thing from each of the three boxes

OR Choose 1 from Media or Reflection + 1 from Scripture 

Media Excursions               Watch/read/listen and be ready to discuss Q's

Still Image/Painting

  • Let Down Your Net (Brian Jekel) How do you think the disciples were experiencing this moment? How do you think they felt about trusting Jesus before they let down their nets? What would you have trusted if you were in the boat (experience, the other fishermen, Jesus, or?).

Video Clip

  • Atheist to Christian (A New Light Dawning) What kinds of things convinced her to place her trust in God?  Is there a connection between head and heart in trusting God?

  • Testimony: Ken Hutcherson (I am Second) How was the theme of trust (or mistrust) woven into this man’s story?  What issues of trust factor into your own journey as a believer?

  • Skit: The Birdcage (Skit Guys) What impresses you from this drama about why God might be trustworthy?  

Song

  • Perfect Wisdom of Our God (Keith and Kristyn Getty) From the lyrics, what reasons does this songwriter have to trust God? How does the “tapestry” image contribute to our ability to trust God’s ways?

Article

  • Our Trustworthy God (Charles Stanley) Which of these attributes is most convincing to you as a reason to trust God? Look up each of the 4 verses before you answer! Do any of the things you tend to put your trust in share all or some of those attributes?

Reflection Options  

Journal  (reflect on one or more of these questions)

  • Draw a word picture of a trustworthy friend.  What makes someone trustworthy?

  • When you need wisdom, what are your “go to’s”--i.e. Where do you turn for guidance first?  Where on the list is God (through prayer) or His Word? How did you learn to trust those sources of guidance?

  • In those times you find it difficult to trust God, what are the stories or past experiences you are remembering? What questions do these memories create for you about his character or trustworthiness? Find the answer to at least one of those questions by asking a trusted friend or resource and journal about what you found.

Quote Interaction (Interact by agreeing, disagreeing or otherwise engaging with the quote/quotes)

  • "The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." --Ernest Hemingway

  • "Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God." – John R. Stott

  • “We cannot always trace God’s hand, but we can always trust God’s heart.” Charles Spurgeon

  • “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.” Augustine

Reading & Reflection from the book, Shaping The Journey of Emerging Adults:

  • Create a “map of growth" for your own journey of learning to trust (see page 141).  Include both trusting God and trusting others.

 Explore Scripture

Meditate on one or more of the following passages. Always look them up in context.  Take some time to really explore the verse in relation to this topic.  Look for reasons in these scripture passages for understanding God as trustworthy or faithful?  Make a note of what you discover to share later.  See "Learn More About Ways to Study Scripture" below for help in getting the most out of the verse.

  • I Chronicles 14:8-17 & Judges 5-7  (Trusting God in an unusual situations)

  • Psalm 9:10

  • Psalm 31, 40, 55, 56

  • Isaiah 26:4

  • Jeremiah 17:5-8

  • Daniel 3:19-30

  • Jesus and Judas

  • John 15:10-11

  • Hebrews 6:18

  • 1 Timothy 4:9-10