Lamenting can help us love life and praise God even in the midst of disappointment.
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Even the most blessed lives hit snags every now and again. Times when we wonder what’s gone wrong, why life has taken the unwanted direction it has. Times when we pray for rescue or redirection, but it just doesn’t come. These times can be especially trying for Christians who must live in the tension of trusting God even when he seems distant or unresponsive to our needs. Add to that the pressure of showing the “joy of the Lord” at all times, and Christians can be at a total loss for how to deal with or express our disappointments in life.
In her book Grumble Hallelujah: Learning to Love Your Life Even When It Lets You Down, Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira contends that Christians must learn that not only is God okay with Christians expressing their hurt and disappointment, but that God can actually be honored by it, that lamenting can be a form of worship and praise. Can this be true? Can Christians really praise God and complain at the same time? This study looks at what the Scriptures have to say about lamenting—about grumbling hallelujahs—when life falls short of our expectations, and how our lives can change through lament.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Lamentations 3:19–23; Luke 22:41–44; James 4:9–10
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: Lamenting is biblical and God-honoring.
Teaching point two: Lamenting leaves room for God to work.
Teaching point three: Lamenting sets us on a new path.
Apply Your Findings
This Book Discussion Guide is based on Grumble Hallelujah, by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira (Tyndale, 2011). Click here to purchase.
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