God's story is worth waiting for: Middle School Small Groups 12.4.16

What we're talking about

We are a part of a fast generation. When we want something, we want it right then and now. Simply put: We don’t like to wait. Whether you’re waiting on Christmas morning to arrive, for the bell to ring at the end of the school day, or the answer to a big question to finally come, there’s something about waiting that makes us uncomfortable. And the bigger the thing you’re waiting on, the harder it is to wait. It eventually makes us want to give up, throw in the towel, and walk away. But what if the problem with waiting isn’t that we have to do it, but that we don’t know how to do it well? What if instead of focusing on the wait, we focused on the hope that what we’re waiting for was coming? Easier said than done, right? Well, this week we’ll take a look at someone in the Bible who knew how to wait well—a guy named Simeon. And as we look at how Simeon waited on the promise of God to be fulfilled, we’ll see that when we keep hope, stay focused, and trust in God, the wait will definitely be worth it!

Questions for Conversation

  • What's one thing about Christmas that you can't wait for?
  • Why do you think Simeon's part in the Christmas story isn't talked about very often? (Luke 2:22-40)
  • If you had been in Simeon's 100-year-old shoes, what do you think the hardest part of waiting for God would have been?
  • How can someone hang onto their trust in God, even when waiting for Him gets difficult?