Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies: Trustworthy Week 1

Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies: Trustworthy Week 1

KS: Hey everybody and welcome to week one
of our “Trustworthy” Online Bible Study. My name is Kendra Schwarz and I am the manager
of Online Bible Studies and I am joined by two people. One is the author of “Trustworthy”,
Lysa TerKeurst. LT: Hi everybody!
KS: And the other is someone who you may not have met before. His name is Joel Muddamalle
and he is the Director of Theology at Proverbs 31 Ministries.
JM: How’s it going? KS: And we are so excited to have you in these
videos. JM: You did such a good job with my last name!
KS: Did I? I was really nervous about it. I’m dead serious. I was like, they’re
probably going get cut. JM: A+
KS: Thank you so much. LT: I like your last name, by the way. It’s
very fun to say. KS: It just rolls off the tongue, Muddamalle.
JM: You can do it in Italian if you want too. LT: Muddamalle…
KS: Oooh, look at that everybody. See, how fun is that?
JM: I am Indian, but we can do Italian. LT: I’m Italian. KS: Honestly, what a duo! For real. So Joel
is the Director of Theology and he works very closely with you Lysa going over content,
he was with you in Israel when you filmed the teaching videos, right?
LT: Mhmm. KS: So you do a lot with Proverbs and so Joel,
just really quickly, what’s the favorite part of your job?
JM: Oh gosh, that’s such a good question. So I have a serious one and then kind of a
serious one. KS: Oh, okay.
LT: A serious one and half a serious one? JM: Kind of a serious one. So let’s go with
the kind of serious one. One of my favorite things about working in a women’s ministry
as a guy is when all the gals are like, hey, what do you think about my nails or what about
my new hair? And I’m like, yeah I feel so invited into this conversation. Lysa wrote
a great book called “Uninvited” and so I just need to go back to that. No, but I
do learn all kinds of things about different colors and shades and you know, there are
different shades of pink and orange and all the colors. I think that’s very good. But
my favorite legitimate part of my job are study days, theological study days. We have
time that we set aside to dig into Scripture and to unpack word by word, context by context,
history, Old Testament, New Testament, all of it and those are by far the highlights
of my week. KS: that’s awesome. You guys seem like you
had a lot of study days for “Trustworthy”. There’s a LOT of content in this study,
but it’s a lot of good content. A lot of fun questions you can reflect on. We’ll
get into exactly what’s in here in a bit, but Lysa, why did you write “Trustworthy”?
LT: Well, I think there were several things. Number one, I’ve always been fascinated
by David in the Bible. He’s one of the people in the Bible that I think I relate to on a
pretty deep level and we get to know a lot about David, not just what he did but how
he felt. David had a very expressive way of letting us know that he was very human, he
had emotions. He was a man that made mistakes and yet there’s something about him that
God called him a man after God’s own heart. And so, to me, I like being able to wrestle
through my own feelings, be aware of my own imperfections, and still believe that I could
be deemed a woman after God’s own heart. So, because I was interested in David, that
got me very interested in his son, Solomon. And so I’ll be honest, when I said, Oh,
I’d love to do a study on 1 and 2 Kings, somehow in my brain I thought we were pretty
much going to be studying Saul, David, Solomon, and I thought I’ve got this, right!
JM: Easy! LT: But, it’s probably because I never studied
1 and 2 Kings before and I didn’t realize when we signed up for this project that it
also meant studying 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, so it was really
a study of six books of the Bible. So, I’ll be honest, I was very intimidated by this
material, but I think it’s good that I felt that way because I think that I can bring
to the table the appropriate amount of awareness that there are concepts here that can be,
at times, seemingly complicated, but that’s one of the things that I like to do in my
Bible teaching is take big concepts of the Bible, and even complicated concepts of the
Bible, and make them easier to understand. It’s not at all that I simplify them, it’s
just that I like to present them with clarity and with a way of connection so that we know
why this even matters. Why does it matter that we study ancient kings, and I think I
said in the introduction I’m not a king, I’ll never be a king, I’m not ancient
– I might be old but I’m not ancient! [Laughter]
KS: I love that, yeah! LT: And I’ll never lead a country, and so
you know at first it almost seems like why is this even important to study, but I think
we have to remember that there are common dynamics in our humanity that make these things
very interesting to study because beyond their title, beyond their timeframe, they had certain
tendencies that I relate to. And probably the biggest of those is that it’s easy for
me to say with my mouth, “I trust God”. But when put in situations where there’s
confusion, where there’s hardship, where I can’t see what’s ahead of me, where
there’s threats, where there’s uncertainty, where there’s emotion involved, when there’s
fear involved – put in those kind of situations, I am much more likely to want to tame God
than trust Him. And therein lies the reason I think it’s important for us to study 1
and 2 Kings and really unearth the places inside of our own heart where distrust exists.
And I’ll be honest, as we started getting into studying this, I discovered that I definitely
have places of distrust in my heart. It’s not that I, I don’t want to put that on
display, but I do think it’s so good that we find where are those tendencies inside
of us that can be addressed so that we can learn to trust God on deeper levels. And I
mean today, trusting God on deeper levels, because I think God sees what’s coming in
our life – and that’s not something to fear, it can be good stuff and hard stuff
right – but God wants to prepare us and so it’s no mistake I truly believe out of
all the people in the universe, God has gathered together you, and me, and us for such a time
as this, to study this because God sees we need it.
KS: I love that, and you mentioned the word “relatable” and how you take each of the
kings and you give lessons they may have walked through and lessons that we can take as well,
and so that’s how these videos are going to be set up for us. We’re going to go ahead
and take a look at each of the kings for each week of study and we’re going to ask you
both what are some lessons that we’re going to learn from them this week, and then how
are they relatable to us? So, to kick things off, week one, we’re going to look at three
kings, which you mentioned. We’re going to look at David, Solomon and Saul. And so,
my question is, what are the major lessons that we learned from them and how is that
relatable to us. LT: Well, I’ll jump right in and say first
of all, I think what’s going to be really important when we think about this week is
that the nation of Israel was always supposed to be – you call it a fancy term, theocracy.
KS: There we go everybody. LT: See, I’m learning Joel. So that means
that God was to be their leader, God was to be their King, but the children of Israel
looked around and they saw other nations, and these other nations had human kings, these
other nations had human kings that at times seemed to be doing really well, and so they
looked around and said, no, we want a human king. And God warned them, this is what a
human king will do and the people said, either I think we know more than God so we still
want a human king or that’s ok, it’s worth the trade because I would rather have short-term
comfort of being able to see a king sitting on the throne doling out strategy. I would
rather have that than whatever long-term benefit it is in just keeping God as our King. And
so, when the first king was chosen he looked like a king, he was tall like a king, he was
strong like a king and he looked like everything that in our human estimation should have been
successful and he was not. He was not successful and I think part of that, a big part of that,
was for me a personal lesson that there is the physical that we see and as humans we
always have to remind ourselves just because what we see looks good, if it doesn’t line
up with what God’s saying, no matter how good it looks – and no matter how good it
appears even at first – it is worth paying attention to what God says because there’s
the physical reality and there’s the spiritual reality and in the spiritual reality God always
knows best. And so I think God saw something that happened in Saul’s heart that really
caused quite a disruption in the expectations of people.
JM: Yeah, that’s so good, and I think you nailed it Lysa. One of the things I’m really
excited about in the study is understanding how deceitful the idea of something tangible
is, and the security that a tangible reality could potentially present to us, and this
is the common story of the Israelites. The common story is that God had been so faithful
to them, yet God wasn’t tangibly always physical, even though we have the pillar of
fire and that kind of stuff, but they looked around and they saw different people, different
nations, they looked to the right, they looked to their left and the object of their trust
was always supposed to be God Himself. Yet what happens when we think, maybe this one
tangible thing can give me that trust that I so desperately long for because I can grab
hold of it with my hands. And I’m excited about how we will see that play out in the
life of Saul, how we will see that definitely play out in the life of David, and even in
Solomon his son. And so we will walk through three kings that are very unique, have some
commonality, but also very distinct. LT: Yeah, and I would say one of my personal
lessons that I kind of sit with quite often when looking at these three kings is, when
David was chosen to be the king he didn’t immediately sit on the throne. He was actually
chosen by the prophet Samuel, really chosen by God but identified by the prophet Samuel,
but when Jesse, the father, brought all of these sons in to be considered – because
Samuel said from one of your sons is going to be the next king, after Saul was now no
longer going to have the blessing of being king – but Jesse didn’t even think enough
about his son David to bring him in the field and so Samuel looks at all of the sons and
says none of these, do you have another son and Jesse, the father, almost seems well,
yeah, you know, there’s this other son, but he’s out in the field…
JM: Right, but you don’t need him. LT: I almost imagine Jesse saying, yeah but
he doesn’t look like a king, he doesn’t act like a king, he doesn’t smell like a
king and so finally when David’s brought in though, he is king, but then he has to
go back into the fields of everyday life. And so he’s got the oil of anointing dripping
down his head and the expectations that must have welled up in David, like oh, I’m going
to go to the equivalent of Harvard Business School now, or I’m going to tomorrow be
one of the wealthiest men and no, no, he goes through this long season of preparation and
that preparation was crucial because I think it was that season of waiting and that season
of learning and that season of character development that prepared him to become a king that God
then eventually would say, you are a man after My own heart. Not perfect, but there’s something
about your heart that is true and good, and I think it’s the character development.
So, I really glean a lot from David and his example, sitting between two other kinds that
we definitely see issues on the heart level. KS: Yeah, that’s good. I know the season
of waiting is something I can relate to and I’m excited to dig into it more for week
one. So everyone, we hope that you are excited as well to study week one of “Trustworthy”.
We can’t wait to join you at the beginning of every week to unpack a little bit about
the kings that we will be focusing on, and we have a little saying around here at Proverbs
31 Ministries because we believe it to be true. It’s when you know the truth, and
live the truth… All: It changes everything!
KS: Nice job everyone. We’ll see you next week for week two.

21 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies: Trustworthy Week 1”

  1. Thank you for all the work you have done to create this study. I have been searching for one and this is God sent.

  2. I love your studies, they have helped me through so much and helped me overcome my own struggles. God is truly working through you. Thank you for your fantastic word and for always bringing it back to God.

  3. I love Lysa TerKeurst and I am so excited to start this Bible study! Thanks Lysa (and to everyone at P31) for all you do. God bless each and everyone of you.

  4. Well thanking God that He has given me the opportunity to make this study, specially to follow God’s will. By what I heard so far , this study is going to teach us that not everything that we see throughout our eyes means that it was meant to be, in other word that not everything that we see in gold it’s made out of gold! We need to allow not just only our eyes but our hearts to see what’s the truth that God wants us to see. As we have heard before looks can be d deceiving!

  5. I'm not going to lie. I am nervous about this study, but I think that might be exactly why God brought it to me. I am ready to dive in. I got this!

  6. Your first video was one of the absolute best I’ve ever seen. Such a great primer on the OT to the time of kings. I took about five pages of notes. Plus I love how you make it so personal; it helps me to dig into the way this study is personal for me, too. I’ve been chronically ill about eight years now, and I have definitely had my plan for how God should just heal me. What I’ve discovered over all this time is that my illness has brought me to a place of closeness with God that I would never have reached otherwise. When I do get better, I am definitely going to Israel with you, Lysa Terkeurst!

  7. I really liked this first video…..right from the start of this study I have reflections to ponder and connect to my own life. The message rings so true to me that, like the Israelites, we often desire tangibles. This may not be God's truth for us; tangibles may not be what we need but God will provide for our needs if we are patient and wait and trust in his way!

  8. Sorry I'm going to miss the study. When I signed up I did not realize it was on Facebook and Instagram. I did buy the book so I can read it and the scriptures and still get something from it. Thanks for the weekly posts though.

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