1. As Job was going through difficult times, what conclusion did he come to?
Read Job 30:20-23.
That God is not listening to his cry, that God is destroying him, making his life miserable, and is going to kill him.
2. According to what Job 30:20-23 says, was Job right in his assessment of the situation?
No, God is not trying to destroy Job, or us, but He will use the storms of life to strengthen our faith, to draw us close to Him. I Peter 1:6-9 tells us, "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith-- the salvation of your souls."
3. According to II Corinthians 1:8-10, what did Paul learn from the trials that came upon his life?
Paul learned not to trust in his own strength, but to trust in the Lord to be the strength of his life, even during these trials or intense storms when things look hopeless, because our God is a God of hope!
4. Read I John 4:18. What point is John making?
That if we truly know God, if we truly understand His love for us, then that love should dispel any fear that may come across our path. You see, fear is the opposite of faith!