SERIES – When Sorrow Comes
Luke 13:1-5 GNV
1 At that time some people were there who told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices to God.
2 Jesus answered them, “Because those Galileans were killed in that way, do you think it proves that they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
3 No indeed! And I tell you that if you do not turn from your sins, you will all die as they did.
4 What about those eighteen people in Siloam who were killed when the tower fell on them? Do you suppose this proves that they were worse than all the other people living in Jerusalem?
5 No indeed! And I tell you that if you do not turn from your sins, you will all die as they did.”
John 7:52 GNV – “Well,” they answered, “are you also from Galilee? Study the Scriptures and you will learn that no prophet ever comes from Galilee.”
Job 4:7 GNV – Think back now. Name a single case where someone righteous met with disaster.
John 9:1-2 GNV – 1 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. 2 His disciples asked him, “Teacher, whose sin caused him to be born blind? Was it his own or his parents’ sin?”
Categories of Catastrophe
- An incident
- An accident
Nehemiah 3:15, 26 GNV – 15 Shallum son of Colhozeh, ruler of the Mizpah District, rebuilt the Fountain Gate. He covered the gateway, put the gates in place, and put in the bolts and the bars. At the Pool of Shelah he built the wall next to the royal garden, as far as the stairs leading down from David’s City. 26 Pedaiah son of Parosh built the next section, to a point on the east near the Water Gate and the tower guarding the Temple. (This was near that part of the city called Ophel, where the Temple workers lived.)
God uses sorrow to:
- Test the validity of our faith.
1 Peter 1:6-7 GNV – 6 Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. 7 Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.
- Teach us to depend on God and not ourselves.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 GNV – 8 We want to remind you, friends, of the trouble we had in the province of Asia. The burdens laid upon us were so great and so heavy that we gave up all hope of staying alive. 9 We felt that the death sentence had been passed on us. But this happened so that we should rely, not on ourselves, but only on God, who raises the dead.
- Keep us humble.
2 Corinthians 12:7 GNV – But to keep me from being puffed up with pride because of the many wonderful things I saw, I was given a painful physical ailment, which acts as Satan’s messenger to beat me and keep me from being proud.
- Make us compassionate toward others.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 GNV – 3 Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! 4 He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.
Your greatest ministry will come out of your greatest pain.
Proverbs 24:17 GNV – Don’t be glad when your enemies meet disaster, and don’t rejoice when they stumble.
Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV – 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.