Firm footing

Physical activity

Go on a hike, helping each other over slippery, steep and rocky terrain.

Discussion point: Sometimes it’s easy to “stumble” and sin; you can hold on to God for support.

While you are hiking or walking, take note of the different ground under foot. Use the following questions to guide your discussion. (You can also have this conversation while biking or in-line skating.)

Questions for discussion
  • When is it most difficult to hike or climb?
  • Is it easier to slip on a muddy path or a dry path?
  • What kind of things can cause you to trip and fall?
  • In life, when do you find it hard to obey God?
  • While you are hiking, how can you prevent yourself from falling?
  • How can God prevent us from being tripped up by Satan in life?
Key concepts

It’s hard to climb or hike when the slope is steep and slippery. Even on flat terrain, a muddy path, rocks, uneven ground and logs can cause a person to slip or stumble. We can compare life to a hike. Tripping or falling is like sinning. There are times when it is easier to sin than at other times. Many people find it easy to sin when they feel strong emotions like anger, jealousy or self-pity. When we hike through difficult or dangerous territory, we can hold on to a rope or someone’s hand for assistance. In life, when we are going through a hard time, we can ask God for support.

Relevant Scripture

Psalm 17:3-6 “Though You probe my heart and examine me at night, though You test me, You will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. As for the deeds of men – by the word of Your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent. My steps have held to Your paths; my feet have not slipped. I call on You, O God, for You will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.”

Psalm 18:32-33 “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights.”

Psalm 91:11 “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways…”

Psalm 139:9-10 “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”