One paraphrase of Job 6:18 says: “I am like a caravan, lost in the desert searching for water.” Look up this verse in the Bible translation you have and someone read it aloud. According to this verse, how does it feel to live apart from God?
• When people live in spiritual darkness, what are some ways they look for fulfillment?
• Discuss the characteristics of a person who thirsts for God.
What one thing do we all have in common? See Isaiah 59:2.
• What are some strategies people turn to when they have missed the mark in an area of their life? Do they work?
Worship – (Have group members close their eyes, and if possible, turn out all the lights in the room to allow group members to “experience” the darkened room for a few moments.) Imagine a time when you have been in a dark cave or outside at night with no moon, stars or flashlight. Think about how it feels to be in total darkness.
1. How well can you move around?
2. What emotions do you feel?
3. When you can’t see, what one thing do you long for?
Now, imagine a candle or flashlight that pierces the darkness. (If the room has been darkened, turn on a flashlight.) Now ask these questions: How well can you move around? What do you feel? What are you grateful for?
Read aloud this scripture: “For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness” (Psalm 18:28). Take time to thank God for his light, and for bringing you into his light.