This Sunday I preached on why bad things happen but most of all how to get through them. You can download the sermon here.
The main point I focused on though, was that bad things happen because we live in a broken world. The world and our lives aren’t yet what they were meant to be. We struggle with sin, broken relationships, death, decay, and difficulty. This is not the world God desired. But the promise of God is that a new world is coming; that he will transform this world into all that it was meant to be.
But in the meantime how do we get through the difficult stuff that happens until God’s future reaches us?
Well we discovered through Romans 8 three promises God gives us to make it through a tough day, week, or even years. The three promises are as follows:
- That the Spirit Prays for Us
- That the Father work everything out
- That the Son is always with us
These three promises for me are really moving. The fact that when we are down and out, in distress, and weakness God prays for us is astounding. The Holy Spirit is praying for you and all that is before you – praying what you need but don’t have the words for. This is beautiful.
The Father also promises to work everything to good. That doesn’t mean that everything is good, but that out of anything God can create good. That nothing you are currently going through can stop God’s goodness from coming to pass.
And lastly that the Son is always with us and that nothing can separate us from his love. What is in the forefront of your mind and is currently taking up thought space? God’s promise to you is that – that thing – won’t separate you from Jesus. That too is beautiful. These are the promises of God to you.
Which one matters most of you? What other promises from Scripture have helped you get through some rough stuff?