Strong Tower

Maslows-Hierarchy-of-Needs

Since we last saw Frank, much has changed. All of the Donovan family has gotten involved in serving at the soup kitchen, and Frank is different. He is reexamining his financial strategies and making changes, but Frank still believes he is in control of developing a safe future for his family. Then he gets the phone call. Cassie, Frank’s wife, was mugged. The doctor in the hospital tells Frank that she is in a coma to stop her brain from bleeding. There is nothing Frank can do.

Frank joins Re at the top of the hospital where Re shares about his wife’s battle with cancer. He shares the word the Lord gave him during that time, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city…” Cancer taught Re that God is the real Strong Tower, not anything that could be built with human hands.  Re continues by saying worldly security is fleeting. To love is to be vulnerable, but God’s faithfulness is forever. Running to the name of the Lord is trusting in Him. And the questions we are left with are, “Where do you run in the day of trouble? Are you investing in the temporary or the eternal?”

• Frank learned the difference between feeling secure and being secure. When his wife is in the hospital, what can Frank do to help her?
• Everyone experiences struggles and uncertainty. Describe a time when God used someone to minister to you in your time of need. What did they do? How did they point you to Christ?
• Scripture describes God as a “Strong Tower.” Picture in your mind a tower. What does a tower offer those within it?
• What is the difference between eternal security and temporary? Can any man offer you eternal security?
• How is God’s peace better than any you can get from a security firm or insurance company?
• When things go wrong, where do you run in your day of trouble?
• Are you investing your effort and treasure in the eternal or the temporary? How can you invest in the eternal?

Patrick shared Sunday about Pavlov’s “Hierarchy of Needs” (actually, Patrick was wrong, it was Maslow’s not Pavlov’s theory).  How might we be affected if we were to frame our worldview by beginning at the top, as opposed to the bottom as Maslow suggests?   How would we be different if we allowed God and scripture to define us, our decision-making, our morality, and creativity?   Out of that we then establish our esteem, then find and establish our relationships within that mindset, from that place of community we could establish our safety and security, before finally “worrying” about our daily needs.   Spend some time looking at the image of the pyramid and its descriptions.  Read Matthew 5-7.   Does God’s perspective seem to turn Maslow’s theory upside down?

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