Defeat | Discouragement

Jeremiah teaches that life isn’t all beer and skittles. There are also the tough times when things don’t flow as neatly as a seminar notebook would imply. Jeremiah cries out against the burden of too much bad news he has to deliver. In the book about Bob Pierce I mentioned earlier, we learn that Bob went through times when he was hurt and angry with God. He felt he had made a deal with God. He would go and care for the hurting and starving of the world, and God would take care of his family at home in California. And then his daughter, Sharon, took her own life. And there were marital problems. And it wasn’t working. There is an abrasive edge to reality in a fallen world, and part uncomfortable realities, when the heavens seem to be brass. When, like C. S. Lewis, in A Grief Observed, we cry out to God over a loved one’s…

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