Psalm 88:1-18 (ESV)

O LORD, God of my salvation,
I cry out day and night before you.

Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry!

For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.

I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength,

like one set loose among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,

like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.

You have put me in the depths of the pit,
in the regions dark and deep.

Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves.

You have caused my companions to shun me;
you have made me a horror to them.

I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
my eye grows dim through sorrow.

Every day I call upon you, O LORD;
I spread out my hands to you.

Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the departed rise up to praise you?

Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?

Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

But I, O LORD, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.

O LORD, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?

Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.

Your wrath has swept over me;
your dreadful assaults destroy me.

They surround me like a flood all day long;
they close in on me together.

You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
my companions have become darkness.


 

God is present in the brokenness.

God is present in the brokenness WITH YOU.

God is present in the brokenness with you, being THE HOPE.

The Illusion of Self-Sufficiency

The Problem of Unanswered Prayer

 

Job 1:7–22 (ESV)

The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Satan Takes Job’s Property and Children

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. 

We don’t get the WHY

In times of suffering, we can hold on to Jesus. 

 

What is Hope?  A confident expectation of good things to come. 


1 Peter 1:3-9 (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


 

What is a living hope?  It is the hope that comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! 


Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Genesis 1:31 (ESV)

God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

Romans 1:25 (ESV)

…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…

Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


 

Rebellions are Built on Hope

We are the messengers of the living hope we have in Christ! 

The Christian Life is a Life of Absence by David Bowden


Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


 

Until the day He calls us home, He charges us to be rebels for His cause! 

In our wilderness, we find Jesus, our unwavering hope.

 


Mark 1:9-15 (ESV)

The Baptism of Jesus
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus
The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”


 

The Wilderness for Jesus

In our wilderness, we find Jesus, our unwavering hope.

 

 

Mark 9:2-9 (ESV)

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.  And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.  And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”  And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.  And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The Mountaintop Experience

A glimpse of the goodness of God

You have to come down eventually

1 Corinthians 9:16-19 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 9:20-23 (ESV)

All things to all people so some would be saved.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)

The Discipline Required

Jesus tears down our walls.

1 Corinthians 8:1–6(ESV), 1 Corinthians 8:7-13(ESV)

Division in Corinth

Jesus tears down our walls.

Division in the Church

Mark 1:14-15 (ESV)

Mark 1:16-20 (ESV)

You don’t choose Jesus, Jesus chooses you.

Know that following Jesus is dynamic.

Jesus sees more in you than you do.

 

1 Corinthians 6:12–14(ESV), 1 Corinthians 6:15-20(ESV)

Matthew 2:1-7 (ESV)

Matthew 2:8-12(ESV)

God gives us wisdom

God gives us faith

God gives us enough