Welcome to Week Four of our study of The Power of God’s Names by Tony Evans. We have been taking an in-depth look at the meaning of God’s names and His character as well as how He works in our lives. Hundreds of women from all over the world have been inspiring one another in faith and fellowship during our online small group discussions.
This week we will be discussing the names Jehovah Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd) and Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Our Provider). Dr Evans spends the first 3 days of this week’s study explaining the role of God our Shepherd as seen in Psalm 23. Undoubtedly, Psalm 23 is the most well known and loved of all of the Psalms but why is this psalm, written by a shepherd boy nearly 3000 years ago, relevant for us today? As you study the lessons this week, take special care to note what this Psalm means to you.
Here are some thoughts for your journal this week:
Read Psalm 23 slowly each day and as you do, meditate on what it means to you. Write it in your journal, using a dictionary to note the meaning of key words. Try to memorize the verse or verses that are especially meaningful to you. Look closely at pages 102-104 in your workbook, what comes to your mind as you ponder how the Lord restores your soul? Do you need Him to restore your soul and are you willing to relinquish control for Him to do so?
Remember to participate n a small group session each week. We really do have wonderful time discussing what we are learning throughout the week. It can also be a great time to ask for suggestions on how to make your personal Bible study time a more enriching part of your life. We are looking forward to seeing you in a group this week.“God longs to be Jehovah Jireh to you today. But He wants to know and see that you are willing to obey Him, to seek Him, and not to place anything above Him as more important in your life. When He sees you honor Him that way, as Abraham did, you’ll also discover the power of Jehovah Jireh in your life.” Tony Evans (page 118)
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK
- Read Week Five in your workbook.
- OPTIONAL: Watch Video Session Five (optional due to cost)
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)
1. What emotions do you experience when you read this verse? (page 97) “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (NASB)
2. What would a season of rest and reliance on God look like? How would it benefit you? Name any obstacles that are preventing you from that that step. (pages 104-105)
3. What’s your response to the idea of finding joy during trials? (page 113)
4. Is there anything in your life that’s keeping you from completely trusting in God’s provision?
5. How does the metaphor of shepherd and sheep help you picture your relationship with God? (page 94)