The Main Idea: God will do whatever it takes, even being misunderstood in order to help us become like Jesus.
Read in Class: Hosea 2:1-12. Define what the main idea is in this passage.
Study: What methods does God say He will use to pull Israel back to Himself? What would these experiences have felt like?
Apply: Read Hosea 2:14-23. What does this passage reveal about God? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you have been running from God in any area of your life. If you are convicted that you have been, why wait to go through the crucible? What’s stopping you from surrendering all to the Lord now?
Share: Are you willing to share with the class, what you consider is the most sever means God has used to bring you back to love and obedience to Him?
Read in Class: Job 1:6-2:10. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: What causes Job’s sufferings and how does Job respond to these trials?
Apply: How does Job’s trials help you with your own trials?
Share: Have you ever been tempted to just “curse God and die?” Why did you or why didn’t you? What was the final outcome of your crucible in this specific situation?
Read in Class: 2 Corinthians 1:4-9. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: In 2 Corinthians 1:4, Paul states that the reason for receiving God’s compassion and comfort is “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (NIV). To what extent might suffering be a call to ministry? How could we become more alert to this possibility?
Apply: What can you learn from Paul that can help you keep from falling into self-pity amid your own struggles?
Share: Can you share how others have comforted you during a hard time? How did it make you feel? How did you respond?
Read in Class: Isaiah 43:1-7. What is the main idea of this passage?
Study: What are the different ways in which God assures His people of comfort during the times of water and fire. What picture of God does this paint in your mind? Which promises can you claim for yourself?
Apply: What do these verses teach you about the actions and character of God? Ps. 103:13, 14; Matt. 28:20; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Pet. 1:7. How have you experienced the reality of these verses in your own life?
Share: Can you write a letter, text message or email this week offering encouragement to someone you know who is going through a crucible?