It is not uncommon to hear people respond to our pain by telling us to “get on with it” and “move on.” On the flipside, others might try to assure us that it is okay to stay in our pain for as long as we need it.
Scripture reveals that neither piece of advice is complete. As mentioned in the first part of this sermon series, it is essential to confront our pain and get through the process of it, rather than try to rush ourselves out of the ordeal. However, this journey of working through our pain should lead us to hope and bring us to the truth that is in the person of Christ Jesus.
In this second half of the series, we will dive into a chapter of the book of Lamentations. Hopefully, it will encourage us to recall the promises of God, as we also remember our pain.
“If God is so good, why do bad things happen in this world/to me?”
This is a question commonly asked by sceptics of the faith, but it might very well be uttered by us from time to time. In your LifeGroup, have a crack at it and share your thoughts.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
Our narrative of life can be shaped by these three phases:
Orientation: Often at the very beginning, with a clean slate, we begin to learn about life, God, ourselves, and the people around us. This happens commonly at birth and in childhood and we often learn this from our parents and/or direct caregivers.
Disorientation: A challenge, or painful situation arises and causes a disruption to our original understanding about our surroundings. When the pain is not properly dealt with, we make certain decisions in our minds to protect ourselves from it. This can come in the form of shutting off, unforgiveness, or even distraction or delusion.
Reorientation: Pain is an inevitable part of our journey in this broken world, but the good news is that healing and restoration is possible through a relationship with Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. When we choose to bring the painful experiences to Jesus rather than dwell in them, we allow Him to show us a richer way of life. Our faith in Him deepens as a result of this.
Where do you find yourself along these phases right now? If you have ever managed to get through the phase of reorientation, how can you partner with Jesus to help others reach this stage as well?
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)