I woke this morning to post what I had written, and it had disappeared!
So this will be a simpler post than usual, and I ask for your grace.
We will finish up this study of the lament next week, leaving the last chapter of
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy for you to do on your own.
We will start a new study in September, and for the first time, though it will still be free of cost, it will not be open to everyone. It will be open to all who have been regular and want to participate — but I will need to give you a password. More explanation about why I am doing that and what the study is next week. Truly, I am praying for God to lead you!
(I am more than a little excited about where God is taking us in September.)
This week we will delve into the last chapter of Lamentations. Though we might hope for a resolve, instead we see that God’s people must keep on trusting without a resolution — which is so often our case as well as sojourners in this fallen world.
Lamentations 5 begins with:
“Remember,” throughout Scripture, is a request for God to remember His promises and to keep them. It is the promises of God that keep us keeping on when He is silent. Prepare your heart with this.
Highlights from Last Week:
I loved Al Mohler’s blog post. How spot-on that is even today. I mentioned this yesterday I believe, that so many people don’t want to hurt the feelings of ‘some’ but in reality, they are hurting ‘others’ by allowing the senseless killings of innocent babies with late-term abortions and getting rid of traditional marriage that God created. I just feel so sad for those that think this is ok.
Language of Exiles and share what stands out to you. I don’t think I ever realized how much credence or faith I put in being a citizen of the United States. Isn’t this a Christian nation where freedom of religion is embraced? Isn’t this from where missionaries are sent to preach the gospel to heathen nations? Isn’t this the land of milk and honey, where, as long as I lived here, I would feel safe and secure? Putting stock in that, I feel the sands shifting below my feet as this becomes a country I barely recognize. I have made my homeland an idol…a place where I find comfort and security. I love this country…but it is not my Savior.
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
- Read up to “Remember O Lord” in Chapter 8 (A Road Map to Grace) and share what you believe to be the main point.
Monday/Tuesday: Remember Your Promises, O Lord
I have been upheld by the promises of God in the midst of grief. I have clung to the promise that He will be a husband to the widow, a father to the fatherless, that He will provide for me as He does the lilies of the field, that one day there will be a perfect new heaven and a perfect new earth, and that there will be no more sin, or death, or grief. All these sustain me, and indeed, He has demonstrated His faithfulness to His promises.
3. Read the section “Remember O Lord.”
A. Pastor Mark, on page 143 of the hard copy, gives four examples from Scripture of God’s “remembering” His people, His promises. What are they?
B. What specific promises do you cling to when God is silent?
C. Pastor Mark says rehearsing pain has a purpose. What is it?
D. List some of the pain rehearsed in Lamentations 5:2-18
E.. What else stands out to you from this section?
Wednesday: But You, O Lord Reign Forever
Pastor Mark reminds us, in this section, of God’s sovereignty and Cowper’s Hymn that says:
I found this wonderful clip from Bonanza, who obviously had a Christian writer:
4. How has the knowledge of God’s sovereignty and character helped you when you don’t understand what is going on? Be specific if possible.
5. Read “But You O Lord Reign Forever” and share what stands out to you.
Thursday: Restore Us To Yourself, O Lord
A. How do you see trust in God’s sovereignty in verse 19?
B. How do you see continued complaint in 20?
C. How do you see the turn in 21-22?
D. What thoughts do you have about this book not ending with a resolve to trust?
7. Read the section entitled “Restore Us…” and share what stands out to you and why.
Friday: A Road Map to Christ
8. Read this section and share what stands out to you and why.
9. Take two questions from the end of this chapter and answer them.
10. What is your take-a-way this week and why?