Following Jesus on the path towards spiritual health sometimes leads us up mountaintops. Here, God’s presence is a tangible experience, and activities like prayer, scripture reading, and worship are fulfilling. However, as we continue to follow Jesus, we will inevitably be confronted with His crucifixion on the hill called Cavalry. This may seem like a place that leads to spiritual death, not life. Yet, as we follow Jesus up this hill, we will uncover a level of spiritual health we can’t find anywhere else.

Discussion Questions

Have you ever felt, or had a conscious awareness of, God’s presence? How would you describe that experience to someone?

Are our feelings always an accurate measurement of our spiritual health? Is it possible to have pleasant feelings when we’re spiritually immature and painful feelings when we’re spiritually mature? Why?

God is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere at the same time. That said, why do you think we sometimes feel His presence as an absence (Psalm 22)?

If there was someone in your life who felt as if God were absent, how would you encourage them (Psalm 23 & 24)?

What have you discovered about God in seasons of life when He has felt absent?

Further Reading

All Things New

The past serves as an enduring reminder of God’s faithfulness. And God’s wonders of old are worth celebrating. But live in the past too comfortably and you’ll run the risk of missing the experience and excitement of God’s future blessings. When God’s glory is always...

Living Gratitude

David recalled his painful challenges as well as remembered God’s faithfulness. God often uses gratitude to ignite life change for us and encourage faith in him. How can we develop a discipline of gratitude to change our perspective on life? Read Psalm 40 paying...

Trusting God Through Transitions

Moving from one season of life into the next may cause us to face certain challenges. Successfully transitioning through those challenging conditions or situations involves trusting that God is always with us and is moving us forward even when it doesn’t feel like it....

Your Wonders of Old

Throughout the Bible, God tells people to remember. Maybe because we so easily forget. And there’s nothing better to call to mind than God’s faithfulness. His enduring faithfulness has been at work in the family of LifePoint Church for over 35 years. He has proven...

Learning Contentment

Contentment is one of those difficult to define qualities that’s even more challenging to put into practice and actually experience. Growing in this quality is a continual process that can’t be rushed. Whether you are very aware of your discontent or feel mostly...