Pastor Steve argued that many of us cannot separate the statement "God is good" with the statement "Life is good." In other words, how can God be good when life isn't good? What has your own journey of believing that God is good even when life isn't good?
In the message, Pastor Steve also pointed out that some Christians can believe that God is good as a general theological truth, but may struggle to believe the statement "God is good to me." Can you identify with this struggle?
Elihu rebuked Job because of his accusations against God, questioning God's character and speaking as if he knew better than God. Have you ever found yourself struggling with the same attitude toward God, questioning his ways and believing that you could come up with better ways to run the universe?
Read Job 34:29-30. Elihu suggests that even when it seems like God is silent, he is nevertheless still at work. Have you ever gone through a season when it seemed like God was absent only to discover later that he was actually at work in ways that were hidden to you?
Read John the Baptist 35:9-11. Elihu compares two prayers in these verses. Why does God urge us to grow more in asking the second prayer rather than the first?