Paul Taylor - May 31, 2009
Why Is Life So Hard?
Jeremiah's complaints are some of the most raw and powerful in the Scripture. He does not shy away from pain, but he endures it and expresses it to God. In this passage we see Jeremiah lamenting his frustration to God and God's response. We can learn from Jeremiah's willingness to engage with God in his depression. And ultimately, God responds with His presence as the answer to Jeremiah's pain. God doesn't take away his pain, but is present to him in the midst of it.
Scripture References: Jeremiah 20:7-18
From Series: "Weeping in Worship"
The book of Jeremiah gives us a raw and rich portrait of the life of Jeremiah. It provides us with a rare example of the interior life of a prophet. As we study it, we will be encouraged to experience honestly the circumstances that we are facing by Jeremiah's stark honesty. We will be given hope as we see the stark picture of a painful reality into which God promises redemption. But most of all, we will see how God works through failure and be encouraged that God will work in the midst of the failure of this world and through our personal failures.