Family, Marriage, Parenting
Week 2: God’s Way, Not Man’s Way 1 Kings 16-22
Every one of us chooses a path to go down every day with different results in mind. We could be striving for comfort, appreciation, money, possessions, love, peace, and much more depending what our ultimate goals in life are. The critical question, however, is whether or not we are living life God’s way or according to our own set of rules.
In the second half of I Kings, the account of Ahab and Jezebel’s choices in how they led the nation of Israel is an amazing reflection of life lived against God’s laws and the resulting outcome.
CONNECTING AS A GROUP: Discuss some of the issues surrounding following your own rules rather than God’s and vice versa. There are many schools of thought that encourage us to be true to ourselves and to follow our own instinct, but the only correct way of living life, is God’s way, by following Him and the direction He gives us in Scripture.
How do things in your life feel when you are following your own path as opposed to God’s?
Do you feel that living life “God’s way” means merely not breaking his laws, or is there more to it?
Do you believe we can completely live life God’s way in a fallen world?
STUDYING GOD’S WORD: Read I Kings 18:36-39.
How did Elijah’s faithfulness in living with God as his leader affect the outcome of this situation?
Read I Kings 21.
What can we learn here from surrounding ourselves with others who are not living life for God?
Read I Kings 22:4-8
How does Jehoshaphat differ from Ahab in his approach to making decisions for the nation he leads?
How do these differences factor in to the ultimate outcome for each king?
MAKING APPLICATION: Ahab and Jezebel lived lives honoring themselves and ignoring God’s laws altogether, thus dragging an entire nation with them deeper into sinful living. Even after humbling himself before God in repentance for his actions and experiencing God’s mercy, Ahab turned his back on God again. This wicked lifestyle ultimately led to his demise.
What steps can you take today to live your life more by God’s rules and not your own?
How can you better surround yourself with others who are living to fulfill God’s purpose for themselves?
If you have children, how can you better lead them into living their lives God’s way?
PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER:
Pray for guidance and wisdom in living your life according to God’s plan.
Pray you are able to find ways to surround yourself more with others who see God as their leader first and foremost.
Pray for the members of your group to help hold one another accountable in the daily quest to keep God’s leadership above all else.
MEMORIZE THIS VERSE: “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the
wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
12 And after the earthquake there
was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. “ 1 Kings 19:11-12