Question 01

Have you ever played the “blame game” – blaming God or yourself for the pain you have experienced? Why do you think we are so quick to find someone to blame when we are in pain?

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Question 02

Is our suffering always a consequence of our sins? Should we automatically blame ourselves for our suffering? Why or why not?

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Question 03

In our last lesson, we found that pain and suffering provide opportunities for us to grow closer to God. Yet, in the midst of grief we sometimes doubt God’s presence and care. What do you think leads us to doubt God’s presence and care in the midst of suffering?

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Question 04

In Psalm 17:3-5, what is David’s advice to those who are in the midst of trials and struggles?


3 You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
you have tested me, and you will find nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
4 With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps have held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped. -Psalm 17: 3-5 (ESV)

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