Joab Black’s son was killed by wild dogs. In this chapter Joab and Sarah prepare to bring Rupert’s body home, but a storm is building on the other side of the river. By the time they are loaded and ready to head home, the storm is about to unleash its fury.
Last Sunday I had the opportunity to once again see a similar, though somewhat milder storm. This type of storm is called a "storm bomb" and is a severe storm that is over with in a manner of minutes. The sky clears, leaving no evidence such a storm happened except for the devastation it leaves behind.
Storms, of all types, can incite fear. Fear at times can rule us, holding us captive to its every whim.
What does fear cause us to do?
Read Mark 4:37-40.
When fear rules our lives, what do we look for?
Can this take our eyes off of God?
While fear is a natural reaction God has given us to dangerous situations, when it rules our reactions and causes us to act contrary to Biblical wisdom and behavior, it can demonstrate our lack of trust in God.
Let’s take some time to look at trusting God. Read Psalm 44:6-7.
Should we put our trust solely in man’s instruments of protection?
What can these instruments be?
Read Ruth 2:12.
Who did Boaz say that Ruth trusted? God
Sometimes trusting God means taking a step out in blind faith. Trust requires us to set aside our fears and set our mind on God.
What exercises can we do that helps us put our trust in God and not fear the circumstances surrounding us?
We seek security in our lives, building around us electronic fortresses and saving our money for the future. Desiring security isn’t sinful, but when that desire causes us to question God, like Sarah did in Chapter Two, we need to consider the place it has taken in our lives. Is it possible we are worshiping risk-free living?
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