The Lord sends us into our trouble.
When you face trouble and adversity in your life, how do you respond? It's easy for us to miss the purpose in our troubles. Do you struggle to trust that God is sovereign over your suffering?
In his letter to the Philippian Church, Paul explained that not only will we suffer for the sake of Christ but that God has "granted" us this suffering. Pastor Steven said that all of our sufferings have a redemptive purpose, to teach us and mold us into the image of Jesus. How has God used suffering in your life, maybe even recently to accomplish this purpose?
Aside from the disciples in the boat that we heard about on Sunday, where else did God use suffering and trials in scripture to bring about his plans and purposes?
"I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain
I need Thee every hour, teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill"
"I Need Thee Every Hour" Annie Sherwood Hawks
"Sovereign Over Us"
The Lord meets us in our trouble.
"Sometimes we think the only way God is going to come near to us is when we are living in perfect faith and obedience." Halim Suh
Is this the way you think God approaches us as his children? Do you feel like you have to have it all together for God to be with you?
"If you are struggling with the trouble that you're in, know that the Lord is not only willing to meet you right in the middle of it but he's going to do so in a way to show you the glory of Jesus Christ." How has God met you in your troubles in a way that only he can; in a way that makes Jesus look glorious?
The gospel is the ultimate picture of God meeting us where we are, no matter where we are. The gospel frees us to rest in Jesus efforts in the midst of our trouble. Are you trying to escape the difficulties in your life or are you learning to trust in Jesus to meet you in the midst of trouble?
To wash away the crimson stain,
Grace, grace alone availeth;
Our works, alas! Are all in vain;
In much the best life faileth;
No man can glory in Thy sight,
All must alike confess Thy might"
"Psalm 130 (From The Depths of Woe)" Martin Luther
"It Is Well"
Austin Stone Worship
The Lord rescues us from our trouble.
God rescues us from our fears and troubles by speaking to us, reminding us of who he is and of his mercies; reminding us that he is our refuge. A primary means by which he does this is through his word. Are you faithfully turning to scripture and allowing God to speak peace to you?
God rescues us from our fears and troubles by giving us community. We do not have to walk through the struggles of this life alone. God has ordained the church as a family. Are you faithfully turning to community in times of trouble and allowing your brothers and sisters to walk with you through hard times? Are you faithfully active in a gospel community?
God rescues us from our fears and troubles by bringing them to an end. We know that God is sovereign over everything we experience and that he has a purpose for the hardships we face. All pain and suffering is temporary and God will bring it to an end. Read the story in Daniel 3 and talk about how God rescued his followers. Discuss how this is a picture of how God rescues us.
O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.
"O God, Our Help, In Ages Past" Isaac Watts
"God With Us"
All Sons And Daughters