find answers to rational questions like: “Why did God allow this?” and “Why didthis happen to me?” But perhaps there’s a more important
question: In the midst of life’s storms, does God even notice? And most importantly: Does He really care?
Looking For Hope in all the Wrong Places
Other possible titles: Hope on Empty, The Audacity of Misplaced Hope or Runnin’ Low on Hope
KEY WORDS FORFURTHER STUDY:
Are you struggling tohold on to hope?
Hope can be lost because some of our storms (like family disintegration and financialdisasters, violence and crime, addictions and abuse) have human contributors. Other storms(like cancer, natural disasters, birth-defects and infertility) come without warning. Thesestorms prompt us to ask: “Why God?” “Why now?” and “Why me?” All hope can seem lost.
We often find ourselves in life’s storms – struggling to hold on to hope. We, likePaul and his first century companions,often struggle to make sense of life’sstorms and find ourselves – losing hope!So where do we find hope in the midst of storms like these? Where do we findhope when it seems like all hope is lost?Some of us may remember what theBible says about hope. The writer of Hebrews tells us that “faith is the sub-stance of things hoped for…” (Hebrews11:1). That may sound tricky: Faith in themidst of life’s storms? When we’re in themidst of difficult challenges, faith mayseem nearly impossible to come by.
There are plenty of storms in our world and few of them seem very small. There are:
storms of financial uncertainty, unemployment and recession
storms of violence, terrorism and global annihilation
storms of cancer and birth defects, suicide and school shootings
storms of moral collapse, family fragmentation and child abuse
Even in our own family, we’ve experienced storms that weren’t so small. Storms like …
“And since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us,from then all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned” (Acts 27:20).
“No small storm was assailing us”... Don’t you think this is a fittingdescription of our world? Doesn’t this sound like an appropriate description for today?
Sermon NotesKEY TRUTH:
find answersto rational questions like:“Why did God allow this?”and “Why did this happen tome?”But perhaps there’s a moreimportant
question: In the midst of life’sstorms, does God evennotice? And mostimportantly: Does He reallycare?
What are some of your storms?