Sometimes an option we are considering creates tension inside of us. When that happens, it can be tempting to ignore the discomfort or brush by it. But instead of doing that, we need to pay close attention to it.

Discussion Questions

Start Talking

  • Do you have a name for your internal warning system?
  • Have you ever been really close to pressing GO on a big decision, but at the last minute bailed for no other reason than something about it just didn’t seem right? Did more information surface after you hit PAUSE?
  • “If something bothers you, let it bother you.” What excuses do you tend to make to brush by your internal warning system? Why is it hard to face what is bothering you?

Read This

  • Read Proverbs 27:12
    • In what ways does this verse support the habit of paying attention to the tension?
    • Talk about how you have experienced this verse to be true in your life or someone else’s?
  • Read 1 Samuel 24:4-7
    • What tension was David dealing with in this story?
    • What might have happened if David had killed King Saul in that moment
  • David was being chased by Saul. Saul’s intention was to kill David, yet David said, “May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.” 1 Samuel 24:12 
    • What event had happened in David’s life leading up to this moment that helped him decide that God was trustworthy and would avenge him? (1 Samuel 17- Goliath)

What Now

  • Is there a tension that deserves your attention? What is it?
  • Do you sense danger ahead in an area of your life (relationally, spiritually, financially, physically)?
  • What are you doing to pay attention to that tension and address those areas of concern? How can this group help?

The simple and the naive ignore the tension. They keep going, and they pay for it.

Additional Resources

Bible Reading Plan 

Scripture Memory Verse: Proverbs 27:12

Song: “Alive in You” by Jordan Frye, Kim Walker-Smith, and Skyler Smith

Song: “Have It Allby Bobby Strand, Brian Johnson, Joel Taylor, Lindsey Strand, and Mia Fieldes