Sometimes relationships do not go as we planned.  Maybe they were never fruitful, or perhaps they fell apart or, sadley, sometimes our partner passes away before us.
 
These are hurtFULL, painFULL times.  Seasons of our lives when we cry out “WHY?”  or simply “HELP!”
 
1. God never hides reality
       a. We will have trouble…frustration…..pain…disappointment
               i. Sufferings in our present time
2. There is hope.
      a. Hope is not visible
      b. Hope is not arrange-able
      c. Hope is not touchable
            i. Hope is available
                     1. Maybe not instantly
                            a. Not on our timetable
                            b. Patience
                     2. Through Faith
                     3. Through Prayer
                                     a. Even when the only prayer we can make is a unintelligible cry
                                     b. The Spirit knows and interceded – prays for us
                                                      i. God hears
                                                      ii. Hope is a person – Jesus Christ who gave His all so you could have HOPE!
                                                      iii. Hope is not free
3. God is near to His hurting children  –  YOU ARE NOT ALONE
          a. Loss cannot separate you from the Love of God you found in Christ Jesus
          b. Death cannot separate you from the love of God you found in Christ Jesus
          c. Divorce cannot separate you from the love of God you found in Christ Jesus
         d. NOTHING IN ALL OF CREATION cannot separate you from the love of God you found in Christ Jesus
4. You still have a purpose and God has a plan for you
          a. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  ESV
          b. Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD , plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the LORD,”  ESV
Advertisements