Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School Class, March 18, 2023.
Main Theme: Amid trying times, when we need to lean on the Lord more than ever, there are some concrete steps, based on biblical principles, that we should follow.
Read in Class: 1 Chronicles 21:1-14. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: Why did David decide to number Israel or count his soldiers? Why did his commander Joab counsel against this? How was David contradicting himself in Psalm 127:1?
Apply: How do we strike the right balance between doing what we can, for instance, to be financially secure, and yet, at the same time, trusting in the Lord for all things?
Share: Your friend asks, “David showed a lack of faith in God’s care by counting his own men. What does that have to so with the our lesson today about managing during tough times? We don’t have an army. What might you and I be counting today that might show our lack of faith in God’s care?” How do you answer your friend?
Read in Class: 2 Peter 3:3-12. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What is Peter telling us with these words?
Apply: If you knew Jesus were coming within ten years, how would you change your life? Or five years? Or three?
Share: Your older friend says, “I have saved up so many things over my life, and now my kids want me to sell it all and move in with them. I’m not sure how I feel about that?” What do you tell your older friend?
Read in Class: Matthew 6:24 and 1 John 2:15-17. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: What has been your own experience with the truth in Matthew 6:24? How are the three things mentioned in 1 John 2:15-17 manifested in our world today? Why is the danger they present sometimes more subtle than we realize?
Apply: Read 2 Peter 3:10-14. How should what he says here impact how we live, including what we do with our resources?
Share: Your friend says, keeping up appearances and keeping up with the Jones’ is what creates all the stress and hard times in our lives? Do you agree with your friend? Why or why not?
Read in Class: Revelation 13:11-17. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: How do financial matters fit in with the end-time persecution?
Apply: If you had to break the Sabbath in order to work and earn money for your family to eat would you? Why or why not? Or if you only had enough money to return tithe or feed your family which would you do and why? See Does God Still Expect us to Give During Tough Times?
Share: Do you know someone going through a tough time right now? How are you going to encourage them this week?