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Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord Is There (7 of 10)
Series: The "Names of God"
Ezekiel 48:35; Psalm 22:1-31; Revelation 21:3
INTRO: Have you ever gone through a great difficulty and felt like you were alone, that even God didn't care or hear you, that He had even abandoned you?
Have you cried out to God, feeling like He wasn't interested and there never seems to be an answer to your cry, your struggle, you pray, you beg God ... but nothing!?
If you have ever felt this way you are in good company ... men like David experienced this ... Moses knew the feeling, Job knew it, Peter and the other disciples went through this after Jesus' crucifixion, Paul said everyone had abandoned him at one point (2 Tim. 4:16), Elijah felt that he was alone ... he hid be¬cause he was afraid that he too would die just like he thought all the other prophets had (Romans. 11:2-5). Even Jesus felt the emotion of abandonment, first by His disciples, and then by God the father when He was alone on the cross; He cried, "My God, My God why has thou forsaken me" ... you see you are in good company when you experience this pain, yes the pain of feeling alone ... but do not forget this one fact: GOD IS THERE ... no matter how you feel!
ILLUS: Never fear shadows. That just means a light's shining somewhere nearby. -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 21.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that God's presence is more that just a feeling, it is a reality of fact, THE "LORD IS THERE" NO MATTER WHAT WE THINK OR SENSE OR FEEL!
I. IN TIMES OF TEARS Psalm 22:1-5
A. Feelings of Being Forsaken Psalm 22:1
1. David felt alone! "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?"
2. He wondered if God really cared. (sound familiar?)
a. His faith was low when his feelings were high!
b. Cannot understand how or why God allowed bad stuff to happen ...
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