We continued our “Who Is God?” Series on Sunday, November 8th. This series deals with the questions, doubts, and struggles that our youth have voiced they have in their walk with God.
We had the most we’ve had in youth with 24 middle and high schoolers, and we started the night off with some LIMBO!
The youth band led us in a time of very powerful worship before the message. We looked at some more of the doubts and questions the youth have expressed like, “Why does God allow good people to go through bad things?”, “If he’s so powerful, why doesn’t he take the pain and struggles out of our lives?”, “Why is it so hard to follow you?”, “Why does it feel like you hate me?”, “How can I trust someone who has let me go through what I’ve been through in life?”, “Why doesn’t God help when I’ve ask him for so long to take my pain away?”, “If God really cared, why doesn’t he help me?”
We looked at the story of Job, and how he did NOTHING to deserve the painful loss and trials he endured. Job, like many of us, wanted to know why he was going through such unbelievably hard times. Unfortunately, God did give Job an answer to that question, but Job’s response in Chapter 42:1-6 shows what Job learned through the process.
Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
In verse five, Job says, “My eyes have heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” Through Job’s experience, he came to know and trust God on a much deeper level. Unfortunately, we don’t always know or understand why we go through some of the things we go through. These things often seem and feel unfair. What we do know is that God always loves us and never leaves us. Sometimes our feelings and circumstances tell us otherwise, but we have to make a choice as to whether or not we are going to allow our feelings to speak louder than the truth we know about God through his Word and time spent in his presence. The feelings we feel are real and a part of life we all go through. We just have to make sure we hold firm to God and his Word.
We will continue this series for the next couple of weeks and be dealing with questions like, “Why/how can God forgive me for what I’ve done?”, “Why do good people go through bad things?”, “How do I serve God when it seems he has forgotten about me?”, etc.
After youth, we took the seniors out for some pizza at Pizza Hut.
Pastor Dustin and Lydia with our awesome group of seniors! Jacob, Connor, Sydney, and Luke.
The group with our waiter, Duncan.
We’ll see you next week!