Dashed Hope (18 of 21) by Stephen Whitney

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Dashed Hope (18 of 21)
Series: Jesus Our Savior - Gospel of Luke
Stephen Whitney
Luke 24:13-24

On February 15, 2003 Craig Sorger, who was 13-years-old and mentally challenged, was beaten and stabbed 42 times in the head, neck and chest at Oasis Park in Ephrata, Washington.

Jake Eakin and Evan Savoie, also both 13 were charged with the murder of Craig Sorger. They two have been slated to be tried as adults and if convicted each of them faces 20 to 30 years in prison.

Evan was never interested in religion as a child, but when he ended up behind bars he turned to God. Nearly every day for the first eight months after his arrest, Evan said he prayed for freedom and for the real killer to be caught. But after 243 days of being locked up at the Grant County jail, he said he stopped praying.

In an interview he said, ‘‘He (God) might be there; he might not. If he is, I don't care now. Faith is pretty much down the toilet.’‘ He said these days he just tries to take one day at a time. His mother Holly said, ‘‘Evan said he feels God had given up on him.’‘

There are times when life feels unfair because of our circumstances that we wonder if God knows what we are going through and if he does why did he allow this terrible thing to happen in our life.

Christian writer Philip Yancey wrote a book which he titled, Disappointment With God in which he addresses three questions: Is God unfair? Is God silent? Is God hidden? because there are times in our lives when we lose a loved one that we feel God has been unfair in allowing them to die, that God is silent about why they died and God is hidden from hearing their prayers.

In the midst of disappointment which leads to discouragement and lost of a loved one which leads to hopelessness we need real faith in God to give us hope and meaning in our lives.

Augustine said, ‘‘Faith is to believe what you do not see, the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.’‘ HEARTS DISAPPOINTED :13-18

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