Can we trust God? The easy answer is, of course, but this answer is sometimes easier to say than it is to believe. When things go wrong, is God still there? When we go wrong, can we still trust God? Or will He change His mind and reject us in anger? Our experiences and our fears tell us we cannot trust God, that our hope is misplaced. There are passages in scriptures that seem to confirm these fears. They seem to say that God’s response to sin is rejection. Is our hope in God secure or can it change?
Have you ever felt like you had blown it so big that God couldn’t possibly continue to love you? How did you resolve that?
Read Exodus 32:1-6. What had the people assumed about Moses and God? How might this have contributed to their decision to make their own God’s? Have you ever felt like God wasn’t enough and gone after other things?
Read Exodus 20:1-6. How does this compare with the activity of Exodus 32:1-6? Does this shed any light on what God says to Moses in Exodus 32:7-10?
Read Exodus 32:11-13. What is the basis of Moses appeal? What did Moses realize about God through this? Why might this have been important given that Israel was coming out of Egypt?
If God cannot change, why should we pray? How can a God who cannot change His mind and who knows every end from every beginning still work through our prayers?
Read Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, and James 1:17. What do these tell you about the majesty and greatness of God? Based on these passages, what are the things we can hope for and trust?