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Introduction

We all have seasons of waiting in our lives, feeling as if we are in a waiting room of some sort. Its how we respond in those delayed and lingering times that determine how we come out on the other side. In this passage, we see an example of the resilient hope that sustained the people of God for hundreds of years until the coming of Christ . . .

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SERIES TITLE: ADVENT
MESSAGE TITLE: WAITING ROOM
TEXT: Lamentations 3:19-33
INTRODUCTION.

We all have seasons of waiting in our lives, feeling as if we are in a waiting room of some sort. Its how we respond in those delayed and lingering times that determine how we come out on the other side. In this passage, we see an example of the resilient hope that sustained the people of God for hundreds of years until the coming of Christ . . .
 
DISCUSSION.
How many times have you’ve been in this scenario: you’re waiting on someone to show up and they never do? Or they are really, really late? What’s the longest you’ve waited before finally giving up? Where would you personally land on a “patience meter” of 1-10, if 1 is “I hate waiting” to 10 being “I could wait forever-it doesn’t bother me”?
 
EXAMINATION.
In Lamentations 3, we see the prophet choosing to wait and trust in the Lord in the midst of the destruction and desolation of Jerusalem after the Babylonians have sieged the city. When most of God’s people are questioning His presence, including the prophet, he still chooses to wait for the Lord’s salvation. Even in the midst of eventual rebuilding, this begins a period of waiting for God’s people that ultimately leads to the coming of Christ several hundred years later.
Verses 18-21: The writer is dealing with the loss of Jerusalem at the hands of Babylonia. Lamentations is a lament in dealing with that loss and Israel’s disobedience as well. How have you dealt with a loss in the past-people deal with losses in several ways (medicate, denial, keep busy, etc.)? How did the writer deal with loss?
Verses 22-26: Discuss the words in 22-26 that describe the promises of God. How can these great promises produce hope in any circumstances you may be going through? In what or whom is hope ultimately rooted in (Hebrews 10:22-23)?
 
APPLICATION.
  • When we feel like we are waiting for God on something, what should our attitude be? Do we tend to wait for God as if he is holding us up or holding back on something, or do we wait for God and look forward to his faithfulness?
  • We see in Scripture and experience that God has proven himself faithful over and over. So in light of his track record, what do we know about God’s faithfulness in the future? How should we live as a result?
  • What are some areas for you personally where you feel you are waiting on God to show up?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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