Why is this happening to me & will things get better?


Focal Passages: Jeremiah 18:18-20; 20:7-9,11-13, 29:10-14, 33:3, 6-9 14-22

Life Question: Why is this happening to me & will things get better?

Have you ever felt like you were doing what God wanted you to do, but yet you still faced opposition? What about Noah and the ark, Joseph being put in jail when he was innocent, Stephen being stoned to death for his faith, and Paul being beaten and put in jail?

What costs might be involved in speaking and living God's truth around your friends?  

Jeremiah 18:18-20
Jeremiah brought nothing but bad news. He had preached for 30 years and nothing had happened yet. His "friends" plotted to stop him.

" Will things always run smoothly if you are doing what God asks you to do?
" Has anyone accused you falsely when you were actually doing something right?

Jeremiah 20:1-6
Would you say that Jeremiah was doing what God wanted him to do? Most definitely yes; even though he was beaten and arrested he continued to preach.

Jeremiah 20:7-9
How was Jeremiah wrong in what he said? (He said God was deceiving him, but God is faithful to His children and does not deceive.)  God told Jeremiah from the beginning that his life was going to be rough. See Jeremiah 1:18-19, 12:5-6

Jeremiah wasn't afraid to spill out his feelings to God. What keeps you from being totally honest with God? He knows what we are going through and how we feel.

God understands our feelings and knows that they are not always the best way to measure truth about our faith.

Even though Jeremiah was mad at God and having a pity party, he says in verse 9 that he couldn't quit preaching. It burned deep within him.

What are you passionate about? Are you as passionate about God and telling your friends about Him?

Jeremiah 20:11-13
Jeremiah came to an important realization-God was with him (even when he was mad at God!).

God loves us and will stand with us, even when our own faith seems to falter. Even in the midst of his difficult situation, Jeremiah hung on to this eternal truth.

Jeremiah struggled to see things in the right perspective even though He was a man of God & he knew God's word.

If knowing, believing, and obeying God's Word are the only ways to have the right perspective in all circumstances, what keeps us from spending time learning it?  

On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the best and one being the worst, how would you rate your knowledge of God's Word?

We don't know what God did or said to Jeremiah to cause him to have a new perspective. The truth is not the specifics of Jeremiah's troubles, but the fact that God was faithful and will be faithful to all His children.

Jeremiah 29:10-14    
Jeremiah wrote this letter to those in exile in Babylon. There is hope. After 70 years in Babylon, God promises to bring his people home because He had plans for good and not disaster, to give them a future and a hope. He also says if we seek Him with our whole heart, we will find Him.

Jeremiah 3:33, 6-9   
Call to me and I will answer and show you great and mighty things which you do not know says the Lord. He also promises to heal Jerusalem's wounds, restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel, rebuild their towns, cleanse them of their sins, forgive their sins of rebellion and give them peace and prosperity.

Jeremiah 33:14-17  
What descendent from King David who will sit on the throne is God talking about in these verses?  Jesus

Things got better for Jerusalem when Jesus came and it will get better for us when give our life to Christ. He may not change our circumstances but He will be with us. He didn't change Jeremiah's circumstances, but He was with him and helped him deal with the difficulties.


APPLICATION
God called Jeremiah to live with difficult circumstances. God told him not to get married, he was beaten, he was arrested, and he preached for years in opposition.

What has God called you to do to which you have not responded?
 
Is it because of what others might think or the difficulty you will face?

Is He calling you to salvation? Has there ever been a time in your life when you realized that you were a sinner in need of a Savior and you ask forgiveness of your sin and turned control of your life over to the Lord?

Is He calling you to share His plan of salvation with someone else?

We all encounter hard times. How do we handle them? When will it get better? It will get better when we trust God and follow Him in obedience. He is our source of strength.

He says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."