All games have one common denominator: there is a winner. Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? But not if you happen to be married to someone who has no intention of losing whatever game he’s playing. I found this out soon after marriage: Uno, Dominoes, Bridge, Phase 10, Chess–it didn’t matter. He played (and still plays) to win. I’m a lousy loser. Great combination, right? No. Lousy combination, because I take losing personally, and there was only one answer: quit playing. I did. For years I haven’t played any game with him unless there are a group of others! Fortunately grandchildren came along. I may have to throw a game once in a while (let’s face it, “Boggle” is fun, but if you’re playing a millennial child, the words tat, outhouse, clothespin, washtub, wringer, and many other words are not in their vocabulary. Sure, I could win if I played them, but I consider that cheating. I have my scruples.)
Life isn’t much different, is it? We take on a challenge with a desire to come through in victory. Today, in our country, we are in the midst of a great turmoil between good and evil. We are, almost, on the battlefield of a nation where hatred is growing by leaps and bounds. Each of us has a choice how we are going to respond when it comes our time to “play.” Will we step up to the plate and play to win, or throw the game, hibernate or hide our heads, and hope the problems go away?
Take a few minutes, as we do each week, to listen to the sermon from yesterday, July 10, 2016, from Thomas Road Baptist Church, and then use the study questions below for your own devotion, or do it together with a friend or group. You can do it all in one sitting, or take a couple of questions each day. You can access the website by clicking on http://www.trbc.org/service-archive, and then click “select” on the Sunday sermon. Get you notebook handy and enjoy the service!
Overcoming During Perilous Times!
When you think of being victorious—or being an overcomer—do you generally assume you’ve persevered through something big? Probably, but overcoming can begin with even small things that you want to eliminate from your life. Can you think of some examples?
This week we continue to study what it takes to be victorious as we go through periods of trouble, focusing on the life of Moses for our example. We are particularly going to consider the qualities needed when times of great peril come to us personally, or as a family unit, or in our country. We need these qualities now more than ever.
Think About or Discuss:
- Read Exodus 2:11-19. Imagine your life as Moses must have been raised. Surely, however he learned of his heritage, he could not block their brutal slavery from his mind as he strolled through Egypt. Can you write down some feelings he must have had as he saw his people, versus his own luxurious palace life?
- What type of thoughts may have gone through his head as he came closer to the time when he knew he was going to align himself with them? Would you assume he had given much thought to their plight?
Be Realistic About What Is Going On
- Read verses 11-14 again. Moses did not ignore the predicament the Israelites were in. What can you learn from his actions? Why is it so much easier to close your eyes to the pain of others, rather than becoming involved? List those in your book.
- What were some of the sacrifices he knew he would be making as he took up their cause? Would you be willing to make a sacrifice in order to help someone?
Be Willing to Get Involved
- Read verse 15. Moses was correct in realizing his involvement was going to cost him his royal position in Egypt. Who are some people in your family or friends who lay their life on the line every day? How can you help?
When Trouble Surrounds You, Don’t Stop Doing the Right Thing
- Read verses 16-19. It would have been easy for Moses to withdraw from helping everyone after fleeing for his life, and “hibernate.” What circumstances in these verses show that he had the quality of being a true Overcomer deep inside?
- When you have been persecuted for doing right, do you tend to hibernate, or do you keep going? Can you write down an example?
- In what ways does the faith of Moses challenge you in your daily life?
- As we study the life of Moses, Who else sacrificed everything—a throne, power, authority—to lay down His life for people who didn’t receive Him?
The example of Moses is incredible as you think of the staggering sacrifice he was willing to make. It had to have been a constant source of grief to see his own people in captivity. As you think on this sermon, consider whether you find it easier to hide yourself away and ignore the pain others are going through, or whether you are one who will step forward and help? Pray for those whom you love, for perilous times have indeed hit our land. It may be at great personal risk that you follow the example of Moses, seeing a need, taking action, and serving. Be an example to those who are watching you.
Memory Verse: Exodus 3:7: “And the LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.’”
Focal Passage: Exodus 2:11-19