Passage: 2 Kings 2:1-15
“Some day you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher.” — D. L. Moody, Echoes from Glory
“In that day this song will be sung. . . . All that we have accomplished you have done for us. . . . Your dead will live, LORD, their bodies will rise. Let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy.” — Isaiah 26:1, 12, and 19
What comes to your mind when you think about a meaningful life? What makes your life meaningful?
Read 2 Kings 2:1-15. What do you observe about God from this passage? What does this story teach us about who God is, what he cares about, and how he cares for his people?
In verses 3 and 5 we learn of a company of prophets in Bethel and Jericho; two cities marked by disobedience to God. These prophets were faithful where God had them as resident aliens. How is the experience of living as a resident alien distinct from being a tourist or citizen? How does the mentality of living as a resident alien fit with the Christian life?
What does living resilient faith look like in this story?
How does this passage show us what it means for a believer to be faithful, needy, expectant, and hopeful? Which of these typically comes more naturally or is more difficult for you?
What do we need to remember, rejoice in, request, or repent of from this passage?
Spend time praying for resurrection hope and a neediness toward God in your present circumstances. Ask God for grateful hearts to see his goodness and receive his mercy. Enjoy the truth that God knows you fully and loves you deeply.
Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)