In the midst of dark times, it is important to remember that God’s greatest works are always preceded by the greatest darkness.
I. Making Sense of Life in Exile (vv. 1-11)
A. When Temples Burn (vv. 3-8)
B. When all You have is Promises (vv. 1-2, 9-11)
II. Understanding How God Works (vv. 12-17)
A. In Creation (vv. 16-17)
B. In Redemption (vv. 12-15)
C. Rebuilding Destroyed Temples (John 2:17-22; Genesis 3:15)
III. Comfort Amidst the Chaos (vv. 18-23)
A. The Chaos We Know
B. The Promises We Cling To (vv. 18-23)
C. Signs of the Covenant (vv. 9, 20; Romans 16:20)
1. Monday—What’s the difference between spontaneity and chaos? Why don’t we like chaos?
2. Tuesday—Why did God allow the temple to be burned? Whose fault was it that it was burned? How should this affect their prayers?
3. Wednesday—Why is the Exodus out of slavery in Egypt so important for remembering how God works? What preceded the Exodus?
4. Thursday—Why did Jesus have to die in order to conquer the dragon (Satan)? Why couldn’t he just crush him without suffering? How does this help you understand the pattern for your life?
5. Friday—When you are sinful and can’t demand God’s justice, what do you need to cling to? How can the prayer in Psalm 74:18-23 learn how to pray when your life is in chaos?