“Dealing With Difficulty” , 4/26/2020

“Dealing With Difficulty”
I Kings 18-19; Psalm 88; I Peter 1:6-7
I. “Lament” Isn’t What It Used To Be
A. Medieval Thoughts
Psalm 44:23, “Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?”
Psalm 89:49 says, “Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?”
B. Jeremiah 15:18
C. Job’s Brutal Honesty
Matthew 12:20, it is said that Jesus will “…not break the bruised reed or snuff out the dying candle.” This means that Jesus cares for the fragile who find “lament” not far from their hearts.
Psalm 147:3, “The Lord binds up the brokenhearted and heals our wounds.”
II. We Are Not Broken Off
A. Elijah – I Kings 18-19
1 Kings 19:4, “Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary … tree and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.’”
I Kings 19:5-6, “…as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, ‘Get up and eat!’ 6 He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.”
B. Heman the Ezrahite – Psalm 88
Psalm 88:3-4, “I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. 4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.”
Psalm 88:14,16-18, “Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me? …16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. 17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. 18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.” NIV
III. Difficulty And Rejoicing
A. I Peter 1:6-7
B. “Heart” And “Emotions”

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