1. The rules the what-ifs – Psalm 124:1-5

  • We were not devoured by the predators – Psalm 124:1-3
  • We were not devastated by the flames – Psalm 124:3
  • We were not drowned by the flood – Psalm 124:4-5

2. the Lord who Psalm 124:6-7

  • The Lord has not – Psalm 124:6
  • The Lord has – Psalm 124:7

3. the Lord who Psalm 124:8

  • Trust Him because of His
  • Trust Him because He’s the

 

Main Idea: Since the Lord rules the what-ifs, let’s praise and trust His name.

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

x