Look Down

Read Psalm 23. What does this passage teach us about the guidance that God provides?

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Look Out

A. What are common responses people have when they walk through difficult personal circumstances – their own “valley of the shadow of death”?

B. What do you think God’s purposes might be for leading us to walk in these valleys?

C. Is there someone you know who has weathered difficult circumstances well? What made their experience stand out to you?

Look In

A. Is there a choice you made in your past that you feel was a mistake, but you came to see God’s presence in it and maybe even now see Him bringing good out of it? Describe that choice and the outcome to your group.

B. We learned this weekend that when we go through difficult circumstances, it doesn’t mean we made a wrong choice, but rather that difficulties are a part of life and God promises to be with us as we face them. What effect does that have on decisions you’ve made in the past or decisions you may have to face in the future?

C. How do we become more aware of God’s presence even in the “valley of the shadow of death”?