The Lord is a real hope, a refuge and a shield.
Take a moment and really sit with the events of the past week. Take time to come to grips with how you feel about it all.
When you find yourself feeling hopeless in light of life's injustices, is the gospel appealing to you? Where do you turn? Do you find hope in God? He truly is our only hope. What else are you tempted to run to?
Discuss how God was a shield and refuge for Daniel in the story from todays passage. Consider way Pastor Andy described God as a shield.
Pastor Andy said Sunday, "You can lay your soul bare before God in prayer." What is your prayer life like? Is it cold and routine or passionate and fervent?
The Lord is a righteous ruler.
God always does what is good right and perfect. We can fix our hope on his goodness and sovereignty. What changes in the way we mourn and the way we suffer when our hope is fixed on God?
Part of God's character is that he loves justice and righteousness. As we seek to see Christ's kingdom realized here and now, we should be burdened for and cry out on behalf of oppressed people. As we seek to be more perfect image bearers of God, is your heart moved in light of injustice and oppression?
There is coming a day when Christ will come again to make all things right; to settle accounts. How does this affect the way we respond specifically to injustice now?
"Sovereign Over Us"
The Lord is a reward.
In Psalm 7, David realizes that the God who created him-the God who rules over all is his God. That God is for him. Do you think of God as for and with you? How does believing this affect the way we face adversity?
From the passage in Romans, what good news do we have to share with brothers and sisters in Christ when the face injustice or hardships?
We sing the song "Jesus Is Better" regularly in our worship gatherings. If we really believe that the Lord himself is a reward for us, the words to that song are potent. Paul said that he had learned to be content (because of had Jesus) in all circumstances. Take a moment and consider if the words "Jesus Is Better" really ring true for you in light of whatever difficulty you may be facing.
(If you use this guide as a family or group setting, take a moment to discuss your response and encourage one another about how Jesus is offers hope in light what your brother or sister in Christ is facing.)
"You Are God And You Are Good"