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Session 40

Who to blame when things go wrong

Read: 1 Samuel 30

When trouble comes in life, how do you react? Do you look for something or someone to blame? David's men did. Their homes had been attacked, their wives and children kidnapped, and they wanted justice. Naturally, they accused their leader—the man they followed and on whose watch they lost everything. David himself was heartbroken and worried. But unlike everyone else, David sought comfort in the Lord.

David prayed to God and received the courage to hunt down the people who had taken all of their families. In the end, not one thing was missing from all that was stolen from David and his 600 men. God proved His faithfulness by giving them victory through a terrible struggle.

It's easy to blame circumstances or people in our lives when things go wrong. But we can never change the past. A better strategy is to seek God, move forward, and find a solution.

Instead of delivering you from the hard season you're in, God might be delivering you through it.

Before Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion, He found comfort in the Lord and He told His disciples how to do the same:

"A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:32-33).

Instead of delivering you from the hard season you're in, God might be delivering you through it, like He did for David. Take heart that Jesus has overcome the world and all trouble in it. Find peace in Him and move forward to what's next.

Reflect:

  • When was the last time you blamed something or someone? Did dwelling on the past change what happened?
  • What struggles are you facing today? What does relying on the Lord look like for you in those situations?

1

When hope seems unattainable

When hope seems unattainable

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2

What if your kids aren’t really yours?

What if your kids aren’t really yours?

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3

Miracles are more than moments

Miracles are more than moments

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4

But God, I don’t want to

But God, I don’t want to

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5

Only God can judge me

Only God can judge me

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6

How do I know if God’s calling me?

How do I know if God’s calling me?

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7

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

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8

Kill your idol, before it kills you

Kill your idol, before it kills you

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9

Repentance is more than being sorry

Repentance is more than being sorry

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10

How to walk forward in faith

How to walk forward in faith

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11

Do you blend in?

Do you blend in?

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12

Coincidence? I think not.

Coincidence? I think not.

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13

You can be forever changed

You can be forever changed

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14

When what god asks feels impossible

When what god asks feels impossible

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15

Not all anger is sinful

Not all anger is sinful

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16

It’s not too late to change

It’s not too late to change

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17

When impatience wins

When impatience wins

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18

Who can you count on?

Who can you count on?

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19

Bite your tongue

Bite your tongue

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20

“But God, what if I did this?”

“But God, what if I did this?”

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21

No more excuses

No more excuses

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22

You can’t unsee this

You can’t unsee this

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23

I don’t want to be here anymore

I don’t want to be here anymore

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24

The long road to an overnight success

The long road to an overnight success

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25

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

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26

The danger of jealousy

The danger of jealousy

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27

Why do my motives even matter?

Why do my motives even matter?

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28

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

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29

How to choose between competing loyalties

How to choose between competing loyalties

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30

How to have joy in hard times

How to have joy in hard times

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31

I never thought I’d do that

I never thought I’d do that

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32

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

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33

When you want revenge

When you want revenge

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34

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

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35

When revenge kills

When revenge kills

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36

How to prevent regret

How to prevent regret

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37

Between a rock and a hard place?

Between a rock and a hard place?

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38

How to get your next big thing

How to get your next big thing

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39

What happens when your plans fall apart?

What happens when your plans fall apart?

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40

Who to blame when things go wrong

Who to blame when things go wrong

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41

Disobedience always has consequences

Disobedience always has consequences

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