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Life Lessons, Week Four:

Have you ever had to give up on something you’ve spent years hoping for or working toward?

  • It can feel like life is spinning out of control, like God’s promises don’t include you

In the wake of David’s sin with Bathsheeba, his family begins to fall apart

  • David’s expectations for how God would fulfill His promises has to change
  • Fortunately, he has experience going through major upheaval (2 Samuel 15:23-24)

David flees Jerusalem, but he makes a controversial decision (2 Samuel 15:25-26)

By making this decision, David avoided three mistakes:

  • He didn’t attach his faith in God to the fulfillment of his dreams
  • He didn’t attach his faith in God to his assumptions about how God would fulfill his promise
  • He didn’t take matters into his own hands and try to manipulate the situation

Parting question: How will you respond the next time something you hoped for, expected and sacrificed for doesn’t end up happening?

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