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Where’s God when it hurts?

08 Jan

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The answer is of course…right next to you.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39

However, there are times in life when we have trouble seeing this. Let me reassure you on the basis of God’s word that he loves you and has promised to be with you in all seasons and circumstances [see Psalm 46.7, Isaiah 41.10 and John 14.18].

Let me also tell you on the basis of God’s word that we sometimes fall into unbelief and accuse God of being distant [see Romans 1.21-22]. The result is that we wallow in self-inflicted pain and bitterness. We continue to act as if we’re in charge while our world crumbles around us. That’s hard to hear. But that is why Jesus overcomes our self protectiveness with the gift of faith and the love of a God who is WITH US

There are several high-profile TV preachers that proclaim that it’s possible to escape pain this side of heaven – but it’s simply not true. Jesus has told us that in the world you will have tribulation [John 16.33]. As much as we wish it were not so, it’s a fact we cannot escape. But that doesn’t mean there’s no help on this side of heaven!

During the next few weeks I will be preaching a sermon series entitled WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS? I know this is a critical question that many people face. I also know that there are many who don’t realize that God generously gives hope, help and healing to those who trust in him. I want to encourage you to come and hear what the bible says about this, and receive God’s gift of help. This is also a great time to invite a friend.

Each week I’ll be posting sermon points and bible references for further study.

With my love to you in Jesus,

Pastor Greg

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1 Comment

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in devotional

 

One response to “Where’s God when it hurts?

  1. wbunes

    January 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    PG, I am going to miss the first of these 3 sermons, and it is such an important question. It has been asked by anyone who has had bad things happen. People whose faith is shaken, are hard put
    To understand “God’s will be done.” I have seen a lot of tragedy, and even when I have thought it, I haven’t had the nerve to say it. Especially non believers can react badly.

    Like I said it is very important question.. Wanda

     

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