If you’ve ever gone through a season of anxiety, depression, or the like, or you’re going through one right now, you’ll want to hear what we can learn from the book of Lamentations about how to find hope in suffering.
(Episode length: 30 mins)
Main idea: God wants to cultivate in you a hope that is fixed on him.
Right knowledge of God leads to hope in God
You can express your frustration and confusion to God over how he chooses to execute his purposes
What we think of God affects how we live
God’s faithfulness encourages ours
When you’re in a dark pit of anxiety or depression, the knowledge that God’s love is fixed on you and is not dependent on what you do drive you to hope in his deliverance
No matter how terrible today is, God’s mercies start anew with the rising of the sun each day
Hope is developed through waiting
If we’re thinking like God, we should be praying, “Change me, not my circumstances”
We can choose to live in despair, or we can choose to live with hope
Hope is grounded in eternity
Though we are grieved today, that grief will not last forever, because he is a compassionate God and great is his faithfulness
God has set his sights on loving you, and his love that never stops is abundant
Ultimately, our hope in Christ is rooted in knowing we’ll spend eternity with Christ
What comes to mind when you think about God?
We should look to God for our hope, happiness, significance, and security. Where have you misplaced your hope and trust? (Maybe in your kids’ ability to behave or perform in school, your job or a project you’re working on, or affirmation from your spouse, family, or friends.)
What are some ways God has shown you his faithfulness in the past 24 hours? In the past week? (Think of the groceries you just bought, the car you’re driving, your health, your paycheck, your kids, and most importantly your relationship with Jesus.)
With your previous answers in mind, now what comes to mind when you think about God?
I know—that’s a heavy question. But all of us ask it of ourselves at some point, and I guarantee some of the people in your group are asking it right now. We come up with standards we think will make us into the person we want to be, but we end up feeling crushed beneath the weight of it all. So what hope is there when you feel like that? Listen to this week’s episode to find out.
(Episode length: 15 mins)
Main idea: There’s only one Person who can bear the weight of living.
All of us are trying to live up to something
The tendency today is to set up some standard for yourself then judge your value and self-worth based on how well you think you’re performing next to your standards
We’re all bound to something; we’re all trying to live up to something
The weight of living is crushing
When you make your performance the measure of your self-worth and value, then you will always be crushed beneath the weight
Every one of our life-lies can and will be taken from us at some point because everything in this life is temporary
Jesus can bare the weight
Jesus didn’t promise for us not to be yoked to anything—he promised to give us rest, relief, from the weight of living, if we yoke ourselves to him instead