Facing Our Disappointments

Series: Facing Life's Storms

The second lesson in David Banning's series on "Facing Life's Storms." From 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

"Suffering doesn't discriminate. It can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime."

The reasons why we suffer aren't simple, and we shouldn't try to simplify them. Before I decide that God has let me down, I need to consider:

  1. My expectations
  2. The consequences of free will
  3. What's my part in my troubles?
  4. God's timetable (such as with Joseph, who was up in Egypt as many as 13 years before he started to learn God's plan for him)
  5. God's agenda (such as in Job 1-2, where we see the curtain drawn back on what's really going on)
  6. The bigger picture (what God does for us compared to what we suffer--Romans 8:18)
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