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God Is Still Loving

God's Love is still with us, even in life's darkest seasons.

There are times in our lives when it seems like God is against us. I mean, we know that God is for us, but there are times when it seems like God is treating us more like an enemy than a friend. I think of the end of Psalm 88. There's a line at the end of that psalm where the writer says, "Darkness is my closest friend."

I wonder this morning if some of you might feel this way. You are walking through a very, very difficult, even devastating, time of life, and maybe you are asking the question, Where is God when my life is such a struggle? I'd like us to look at a book in the Bible to help us answer this question. It may seem like an unlikely place to look, since this might be the darkest part of Scripture. It's actually a series of funeral songs that were written by a writer God directed to record these songs when the ancient city of Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonians. The Babylonians just ruined the city. We think it might have been Jeremiah who wrote these funeral songs; we're not sure. This book is called Lamentations, and we're going to look at chapter 3, verses1-33.

This is a very, very dark, almost depressing section of the book. The writer is just pouring out his soul. He's frustrated and feels at wits end. He uses a number of images to describe how devastated he is and how he feels that God is against him. I want you to listen to this very, very dark description. Some of you might say, Yeah, I'm there right now. Some of you might say, Man, I just don't get this, because you're not presently in such desperation. But I want you to hear it.

When everything—even God—feels dark

The writer starts off by saying, "I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath." He's talking here about God. ...

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Steve Mathewson is senior pastor of CrossLife Evangelical Free Church in Libertyville, lllinois. He is also director of the doctor of ministry program at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. When Everything—Even God—Feels Dark

II. A Ray of Hope in the Darkness

III. Finding God's Love in Our Darkness

Conclusion