Sermons on Suffering

Sermons on Suffering

“The Christian’s Despair” – Psalm 25:1-3

We do not know fully the context of Psalm 25. We only know that it was written by David later in life. It is possible that it was written during his conflict with Absalom. This Psalm gives us a beautiful picture into the man after God’s own heart. It shows his inner thoughts, conflicts, prayers, and desires. The psalm is arranged into twenty-two verses, each beginning with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order. Coming to God broken David…

“How to Suffer Well” – Psalm 25:16-22

We now come to the conclusion of David’s prayer. All alone David continues to show us what it looks like to be a man after God’s own heart. He has fixed his eyes on the Lord as his only hope, yet he feels like God is ignoring him. He pleads for God to turn and take notice of all that is going on in his life. David tells the Lord that he is desolate or alone. This is a common…

“Forsaken by God” – Psalm 22:1-5

Psalm 22 is one of the most remarkable psalms ever written. Although this psalm was written 1000 years before Christ’s death, it describes in detail not only the manner and details of His death, but the exact words He would speak and the exact words His enemies would speak. 500 years before crucifixion was even invented David describes it perfectly. Although written by David this Psalm goes so far beyond anything that David suffered that many modern scholars try to…

“Even so, Come, Lord Jesus” – Psalm 14:4-7

Last week we saw the sinfulness of man. We saw that all human beings are sinners and do not seek God. Today we continue this train of thought. No thoughts of God David is almost in shock at the depravity he sees. How can men not have any knowledge of the coming judgment of God. How can men and women live as if God does not see? David sees them hurting the people of God. The wicked seem to value…

Persecution is Expected (John 16:1-4)

Jesus has been talking with the disciples about the persecution they will receive for following Him. Persecution should not offend us When people mock us, lie about us, or dismiss us it is very easy to be offended, annoyed, or resentful. Jesus is telling us that we will face persecution so that when it comes we react in the right way. He does not want us to be offended or surprised when we are persecuted. Persecution will likely arise from…

A Christian Response to Persecution (John 15:26-27)

Jesus has been discussing His upcoming betrayal, death, resurrection, and ascension. He has been telling His disciples about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He has told them how the Holy Spirit will flow through them producing fruitfulness and love. Because of this love, we will be hated and persecuted. The tendency is to seek comfort or escape Our natural tendency is to seek comfort. We want a long life of leisure, pleasure, and comfort. Because of this we naturally…

Suffering – Conclusion

In light of all these things, how should a Christian then view evil and troubles? Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your…

Suffering – Job (Part 2)

My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.Job 10:1-2 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.Job 13:3 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for…

Suffering – Job (Part 1)

If we were created for God’s glory by a Sovereign and Good God, then why do bad things happen to good people? There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she…

Suffering – What is evil?

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.Genesis 2:16-17 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun,…

Suffering – Man’s Purpose

In order to better understand human suffering, we must fully grasp the purpose for which God created this world. From this perspective we can better understand how human suffering fits into His purpose. To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,…
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