God is a relational God
God is a redeemer God
Lie #1: God does not understand
Lie #2: God does not care
You can approach Him: Hebrews 4:14-16
You can trust Him: John 14:1
You can tell them: 1 Peter 3:15
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
How can I deal with the 2 lies?
What can I do to bring hope in the lives of others around me?
Can you think of God’s redemptive activity in the lives of Bible characters? What happened? What can you learn?
QUOTES & STORIES
‘The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay upon the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to Him is not to believe that He loves you.’ John Owen
I once was part of a small group with a Christian leader whose name you would likely recognize. He went through a hard time as his adult children got into trouble, bringing him sleepless nights and expensive attorney fees. Worse, my friend was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Nothing in his life seemed to work out. “I have no problem believing in a good God,” he said to us one night. “My question is, ‘What is God good for?'” We listened to his complaints and tried various responses, but he batted them all away. A few weeks later, I came across a little phrase by Dallas Willard: “For those who love God, nothing irredeemable can happen to you.” I went back to my friend. “What about that?” I asked. “Is God good for that promise?” Philip Yancey, “Where Is God When It Hurts?”