Seeking Wisdom During Trials

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Introduction (Job 28:20-28)

Seeking Wisdom

  1. Wisdom cannot be found Apart from God. (Job 28:20-27)
  2. Wisdom is found with God. (Job 28:28a)

Proverbs 9:10 - "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight"

James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him"

2 Ways to Fellow with God and His Word during Trials

  1. Utilize Small Groups
  2. Pray the Bible
  3. Seeking Wisdom

  4. Wisdom brings us Closer to God. (Job 28:28b)
Michael Wolski - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North A/V Ministry Leader

Michael Wolski - Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh North A/V Ministry Leader

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Job 28:20-28

  1. Where do you typically go first for your 'wisdom' during a trial?

  2. Why do you think Christians struggle with seeking God for wisdom first?

  3. What’s the worst advice you’ve received? Now applying biblical wisdom, how would that advice change [i.e. slight alteration, 180-degrees]?

  4. What has been the most difficult piece of biblical wisdom you’ve received? [i.e. forgiveness, just waiting, etc.]

  5. What is your go-to verse, chapter, book, etc. in God’s Word that has helped you out the most during a trial? What about that particular passage gives you comfort, guidance, etc.?

  6. What fellowship activities with God and His word have worked best for you during a trial?

  7. (For the sliding scale fans) On a scale of 1 <-> 10, how much do you enjoy sliding scale questions?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.

Depression caused by Crisis


  1. Don't LISTEN to yourself.

  2. 4 Terrible Sermons after a Crisis (of any kind/degree):

    1. "I'm the ONLY one that has to deal with this!"

    2. "God doesn't CARE !"

    3. "God is not in CONTROL !"

    4. "I can't DEAL with this!"

    1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

  3. PREACH to yourself. (Job 1-2)

  4. 4 Truths to Preach to yourself after a Crisis:

    1. Nothing happens without God's PERMISSION . (Job 1:12, Job 2:6)

    2. Nothing is MINE . (Job 1:21)

    3. Nothing diminishes God's GOODNESS . (Job 1:21)

    4. Nothing God does is "EMPTY". (Job 1:22)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Job 1-2

  1. When facing a crisis, EVENT + INTERPRETATION = RESPONSE. How can you properly interpret an event? What are some wrong interpretations you need to avoid?
  2. What is wrong with the oft-­repeated counsel from Christians, “God doesn’t give you any more than you can handle? (Read 1 Corinthians 10:13)
  3. When Satan appeared before God, why do you think God initiated the conversation about Job’s uniqueness, blamelessness, and uprightness (Job 1:8)?

Breakout Questions:

Are there any hardships “causing” depression in your life? Share them and pray.