As a introduction option for today’s session on how God meets us in our times of suffering, ask the men to talk about some of the scars they may have. If appropriate, allow a few volunteers to show their scars and explain how they got them. Point out that some scars are the results of accidents, while others are the result of foolishness—but every scar has a story.
- Ask: What kind of emotional scars do people sometimes carry?
- What painful stories from our lives can leave a mark?
Discuss responses. Share that sometimes during those times, we wonder where God is. We might even wonder if God exists at all. Note that many skeptics use suffering as proof that God does not exist or isn’t powerful enough to protect us from suffering. Emphasize that the Bible has a different perspective on suffering and God’s work in suffering.
Share the video for Mandisa’s song “What Scars Are For.” If you don’t see the video below, click here to view the clip on YouTube. After the video, allow men to share what scars provide based on the lyrics of the song. Highlight the fact that rather than leading us to question God, our scars can remind us of His work in our lives.
Ask a volunteer to read the Bible Truth for this lesson: “God meets us in our suffering.” Challenge men to consider that truth as they study today’s verses.
- Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide: Job graphically described his suffering. What terms would you use to describe the deepest suffering you have experienced lately? How have you expressed those feelings to God?
- Substitute the following question for Question 4 in the Personal Study Guide: What comfort can you draw from the fact that God’s plans can’t be thwarted? How does this relate to the reality of suffering?
Share your thoughts. When has God brought healing through your suffering? How do your scars remind you of His ongoing work in your life.
The options for men for the Honest to God unit were written by Bob Bunn. Bob helps develop stewardship curriculum and resources for churches for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He is the author of Indelible Parenting, a four week study for parents based on Deuteronomy 6. He and his wife, Mary, live in Nashville with their three teenagers.