On today's Equipping You in Grace show, Dave considers the importance and practice of lament in the Christian life, how godly friends can help us in seasons of grief and loss, the connection between thankfulness and lament, and looking to Christ in seasons of grief and loss.
What you'll hear in this episode
• How lament shapes our lives.
• Practicing lament in the Christian life.
• The importance of godly friends in all seasons of life.
• The connection between thankfulness and lament.
• Looking to Christ in seasons of grief and loss.
Thank you for listening to this episode of Equipping You in Grace.
We have to live with ourselves. We cannot be right with God if we have a troubled conscience or a conscience that has been seared, so that it quiets down and doesn't bother us so much anymore. Guilt for the wrongs we have done is the source of a troubled conscience and forgiveness through the blood of Christ is the only means of resolving the problem, and finding peace in your soul.
After the brief glimpse of the Son's rays at the conclusion of chapter 1, the Teacher leads us once again into the fog found in life "under the sun." Is life truly just a chasing after the wind? or will the Teacher give us another peek behind the fog of "hebel?" As we'll see in this chapter, it is only through exploring disillusionment that we can honestly confront reality.
What can believers do when they're overwhelmed by affliction? Psalm 102:1–11 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these eleven verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that in all affliction, even chastening from the Lord, believers can cry to the Lord Who cares for them.
As we enter the maze of life seen through the Teacher's eyes, our own vision becomes quickly shrouded in an eery fog: hebel (meaninglessness, vanity, futility, illusory). Life "under the sun" is often confusing, frustrating. The teacher begins leading us through the maze, introducing us to the big picture of his sermon, and then showing us the first three dead ends: achievement, wisdom, and folly. These three points will become focuses throughout his whole discussion, but for now he'll just hit on them. Is there any hope in a life under the sun? Thankfully, the Teacher allows two rays to shine through the fog.
Today we're taking a closer look at the third chapter of the Book of Ezekiel.
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Only those who have first recognized their spiritual bankruptcy will then be able to mourn over their sin. It is not enough to recognize our sin with a cold heart, rather, we must recognize our sin and then have broken hearts before the Lord that only He can comfort.
What do we learn from the Lord who judges, even as He weeps? Isaiah 15–16 looks forward to the first serial reading in morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these twenty-three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that pride is a soul-destroyer, because it hinders us from accepting the Lord's gracious invitation to be saved by Him.
On today's Warriors of Grace, Dave considers how the Lord is aware of our losses, how He cares for us because of Christ, how we can grieve with hope, because He's with us.
What You'll Hear On This Episode
• Loss Is Inevitable.
• God Is Aware of Our Losses.
• We Grieve with Hope.
• God Is with Us.
Thanks for listening to this episode of Warriors of Grace!