This Should Be Easy

Posted by Karah

If you’ve gone to class, done the homework, and studied for the test, you’d expect it to be fairly easy, right?

LIST SOME THINGS that should be easy if you’ve done the prep work. (We’ve started the list for you.)

      Cooking a meal

      Playing a tough sports team

      Writing a paper

Did living the Christian life make your list? Why or why not?

THINK ABOUT THAT as you read Jeremiah 19:14–20:2.

 Check out verse 14. Why was Jeremiah prophesying to the people?

 What did he tell the people of Jerusalem? Explain it in your own words.

 If you’d heard Jeremiah’s prophecy, how would you have responded? Why?

 Jeremiah did what God told him to do. What happened to him? (See v. 2.)

 Have you ever faced difficult circumstances because you’ve been obedient to God’s call on your life? What happened? What did you learn?

THE POINT
The truth is, following God and living according to His purpose doesn’t guarantee that your life will be easy. In fact, sometimes it means that you will face difficulty and discouragement.

 

TAKE ACTION
List any difficult situations you’re facing right now because of your commitment to follow Christ. Pray about them, asking God to remind you of His presence and power in them.

 

WHO IN YOUR LIFE is facing a difficult situation or dealing with discouragement because he or she chose to be faithful to God? List their names and a couple of ways you’ll encourage them this week.


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