1. Introduction

Discuss in your group the process of learning something new.

  • What attitude do we need to have?
  • What are some principles we need to follow, eg: How to handle failures and disappointment, staying focused, being willing to be uncomfortable for a while, listening and learning from the right sources, etc. How many others can you think of?

Read Philippians 4:10-14. How did Paul do this? What did Paul say he had learned? What was the “secret” he had learned?

  • Have you learned how to be content with whatever you have?

2. Moses

Let’s apply the same principles to Learning to Trust God in all circumstances by looking at the life of Moses.

Discuss the difference between a person ‘responding’ or ‘reacting’ to something happening in their life? Look at each of the following circumstances in Moses life and discuss these questions.

  • Did Moses respond or react?
  • What or where was his focus?
  • What was the resulting emotions which influenced his eventual actions?

Killing the Egyptian. Exodus 2:11-15.

The Burning Bush. Exodus 3:1-4:17. What was the real reason for Moses ‘pleading’ in Exodus 4:13?

Moses complaint to God after his first encounter with Pharaoh, Exodus 5:22-23 though God had already told him what Pharaoh’s response would be! Exodus 4:21.

God’s command to Moses to return to Pharaoh. Exodus 6:9-13. Especially see Moses objections to the Lord. Exodus 6:12, 6:30.

Read Exodus 11:1-11, especially Exodus 11:8.

Read Exodus 14:13-14, 21, 27.

  • What changed in Moses and why?

Compare the People of Israel’s behaviour in Exodus 14:10-12, 31, 15:22-24 also ask:

  • Did they respond or react?
  • What or where was their focus?
  • What was the resulting emotions which influenced their eventual actions?
  • Read about the report of the spies brought back from exploring the ‘Promised Land’. Numbers 13:25-33, 14:1-12.

With the questions above in mind why do you think there was a different response with Caleb and Joshua than the other 10 spies?

Discuss God’s response in Numbers 14:11.

3. Application

Discuss the following:

Growth is a process. As we practice and learn to look to the Lord in prayer immediately we have a challenging circumstance come into our lives focusing on His promises we will respond in faith believing His Word. This will help to minimize the effect of the challenging circumstance as we draw from His power and receive His peace. Philippians 4:6-7. The more we do this we develop God pleasing habits which then become our automatic response as we have seen with Moses.

  • Read Numbers 16:4, 22, 43-45, 12:3,
  • Why was Paul able to be content even in the difficult circumstances (See 2 Corinthians 6:3-10, 2 Corinthians 11:23-33) which he had to endure? See his answer in Philippians 4:13.
  • How do you handle difficult circumstances?
  • Do you respond or react?
  • What or where is your focus?
  • What is the resulting emotions which influenced your eventual actions?
  • How do you think God feels when our actions show we don’t believe Him? Numbers 14:11.


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