During seasons of pain, we can be tempted to turn away from God in anger or despair. But these times are actually meant to have the opposite effect. When we lose everything else, we come to remember that Jesus is sufficient. Further, we begin to realize that even while we are suffering, God is showing love and mercy by working good into our souls. When the Lord is our portion, we can hope in Him even in the most painful places. Because we know He loves us, we can trust in and submit to His work in our hearts.
Read Lamentations 3:19-24:
- What are some things in your life that make you say “my strength has perished”?
- What does it mean to have the Lord as your portion?
- What are some things you remember (or should remember) when you find yourself in a time of trial or difficulty?
- Why does pain make remembering these things so difficult?
Read Lamentations 3:25-33:
- What do we communicate about our faith when we are willing to wait for the Lord?
- Have you ever had a season like that, where you could do nothing except wait for God? What was happening?
- What does a posture of submissiveness to God look like for you? What makes submission hard for you?
Taking it home:
- What are you waiting and trusting God for right now? How is He revealing His mercies during that time?
- What is one example of God’s faithfulness that you can think about this week to strengthen your soul?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Micah 7 • Psalm 42 • Job 7 • Psalm 44 • Isaiah 30:15-29 • Psalm 73.