Is God Really There When I Hurt? – Notes/Study Sheet

(Psalm 13)



   * Trial and tragedy part of everyday life. Heartache abounds.

   * God loves us and cares for us – wants us to cast our cares upon Him (I Peter 5:7).

   * People see suffering in the world and wrongly conclude that God either doesn’t exist or doesn’t care.

   * Many Bible worthies have triumphed over trial. We can learn from them (Rom. 15:4).


1. Elijah.

   * Jezebel sought to kill him (I Kings 19).      * Accused of troubling Israel (I Kings 18:18).

   * Even so, he’d won great victories for God.

      - Proved the God of Heaven superior to false gods (I Kings 18:20ff). God was there for him.


2. Daniel.

   * Removed from his homeland as a youth & forced into Babylonian culture (Dan. 1).

   * He grew in favor with the king & was plotted against (Dan. 6).     * Was thrown to the lions, but not harmed (Heb.

      11:33). His enemies then thrown into den & slaughtered (Dan. 6:24).       * God was there for him.


3. Amos.

   * Didn’t want to be a prophet (Amos 7:14). Would have been happy to continue his shepherding/fruit-gathering work.

   * Prophesied that Israel would be overthrown & its king killed by sword – didn’t make him popular!

   * Also prophesied that Amaziah’s children would be killed and his wife would become a prostitute (Amos 7:17).

   * God was there.


4. Micaiah.

   * Micaiah called for to reassure kings of Israel & Judah of joint campaign (I Kings 22).

   * Micaiah was hated (I Kings 22:8). He was pressured, slapped (I Kings 22:24), & imprisoned.

   * Ahab was killed per Micaiah’s prediction (I Kings 22:34). He lived to see vindication. God was with him.


5. Stephen.

   * Stephen persecuted by/on trial by the Sanhedrin for his Christianity (Acts 6).

   * Convicted them of their sin even in the face of likely death (Acts 7, esp. 51-53).

   * Stephen stoned to death, but glory awaited. God gave him a glimpse of what lay ahead (Acts 7:55-56). God was there!


6. John.

   * Faced the Pharisees & Sadducees (Mt. 3:7-12).

   * King Herod’s wife had John beheaded (Mark 6:14-29).

   * God was with John and knew his hurt (Mt. 11:11).


7. Paul.

   * Suffered many persecutions (II Cor. 11:24-28).

      - 40 Lashes (Deut. 25:1-3)                                                 - Roman beatings (Acts 16:23)

      - Stoned (Acts 14:29)                                             - Shipwrecked (Acts 27:41ff)

   * God promised to be with him (Acts 18:9-10). Reassured him (II Cor. 12:9).

   * Paul welcomed trials, for they strengthened him (II Cor. 12:10).


8. Christ, our supreme example!

   * Had no physical comforts (Mt. 8:20). Seized by mob, falsely accused, teased, beaten, crown of thorns, struck, spat

      upon, and crucified.                      * Where was God? Where is He when we hurt? Waiting to receive and comfort.

   * God showed His love for man (Rom. 5:8). We must follow Christ’s example and trust God (I Pet. 2:21-23).

   * Jesus tasted death for us and can help us through trials (Heb. 2:9-10, 18). We must endure for Him and be like Him!

   * We will suffer in His service and should count it a blessing (II Tim. 3:12).

   * Rev. 19: Christians will triumph through Christ! He will be victorious and our faith won’t be in vain!


                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister 12/13/09 a.m.