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Finding God in the Dark

By bringing our laments to God, we engage God and declare our trust in him.

Introduction

Surely you know the Chronicles of Narnia movies, right? Well, those movies actually come from children's novels written by C. S. Lewis. The great writer, novelist, sometimes philosopher, sometimes theological, literary critic Clive Staples Lewis was a prolific writer. One of my favorite books Lewis wrote is The Problem of Pain. Written in 1940, it was essentially a theological and philosophical treatise on the problem of suffering and pain in this world. He wrote it during World War II, so these were obvious questions that many people had: Why does a good God allow this kind of torment, this kind of suffering, this kind of atrocity in the world? Lewis' book was well received, but he was still relatively young when he wrote it. After he had lived a few more years, he met a woman named Joy Davidman.

Lewis had never been married and had actually said some things about never wanting to be married. But Joy won his heart. She was a writer from New York with a compelling personality. The story is too long to tell, but suffice it to say that over the course of time, as they corresponded and she visited England, Joy and Lewis fell in love. What intensified that love was Joy's diagnosis of cancer during their courtship. It was in the days that Lewis thought he was going to lose Joy that he realized how much he cared about her and wanted to marry her. They got married, and the cancer miraculously went into remission. They had two blissful years in which they traveled all over the world. Then the cancer came back with a vengeance, and Lewis lost his beloved wife Joy.

This writer, who had philosophized and theologized 20 years earlier about the pain and suffering we experience in the world was now personally devastated, and ...

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Chuck DeGroat holds a PhD in psychology and serves as a pastor and director of the counseling center at City Church in San Francisco.

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Stuart Fletcher

September 24, 2015  12:36am

This sermon tackled an area of life that Scripture speaks to but sermons rarely address - and it addressed it in an accessible and faithful way.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. The darkness of God's apparent absence

II. The darkness of self-contempt

III. The darkness of complete vulnerability

IV. A dark, strange illumination

Conclusion