God, Help Me! (Part 1)

God, Help Me!

Psalm 36:5 “Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies” (NIV).

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Cabin Time

Where is God when I’m struggling so much?  Why can’t I see him?  Things seem so hopeless and I feel helpless.  I want God to come rescue me!  God, are you there?  Can you hear me?  Why aren’t you doing anything?

God, help me!

What parts (or parts) of your life seem so hopeless right now?  Where do you need God to rescue you?

Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”  What does this verse mean to you?

How often do you pray to God?

(If you have the time, I recommend that you read the Going Deeper section for this study!)

 

Going Deeper

The introductory words speak deeply to my heart because I am the one who uttered them many years ago.  My situation seemed bleak, dire, and lonely.  How was I going to get out of this mess?  I knew that for the most part I had put myself in my own dirty, ugly shoes.  Sure, I could blame the other guy.  But for as many reasons that I could blame him, I could also blame myself.  Besides, blaming him only made me more depressed and frustrated.  Depression and frustration lasted for months to no avail, and they never seemed to get me anywhere.  I had had enough of depression and frustration, now I needed help!  I cried to God in what I felt like was hopelessness.  I wanted him to rescue me.  I wanted him to pluck me out of my situation and place me into a new one, one with hope and love, one where I felt like I had a chance to do things right.  I wanted him to rescue me from my own consequences.  I wanted him to give me a second chance at life.  I wanted him to take away the pain.  “God, if you’ll just help me with this, I promise I’ll never…”

Have you ever uttered those words?

Let’s see if God ever lets us off the hook:

Read 1 Samuel 7:2-4

In verse 2, the Israelites were crying out to God for help.  Did you notice that in verse 3, Samuel tells them to do something?  What does he tell them to get rid of?

Then what were they to do?

Then what would God do?

All throughout scripture we see God telling his people that if they would just follow him in the first place, they wouldn’t find themselves in such dire situations.  While serving God can involve tough times, most of our tough times are brought about by our own sins and turning away from him.  Just like Samuel told the Israelites to get rid of their foreign gods, the first thing God asks us to do is get rid anything that we have placed as our “god” or any other sinful habits.

What sinful habits, actions, idols, or other things might God be asking you to get rid of?

Pray about these things this week (month, etc.) and work on getting them out of your life.  This is a serious step that we should not take lightly.  Satan does NOT want us to get rid of our sin!  Let’s keep this lesson short and focus more on the doing, than the learning.  We will continue this lesson next time in Part 2.

Life Application and Further Study

Teen moms!  I’m going to be brave here and ask a really tough question:  For those of you who were willing partners in your pregnancy (i.e. you weren’t raped), are you still having sex?

Each week, I sit with women who are faced with unplanned pregnancies.  They tell me over and over how much they wish their lives were different and I ask them:  What are you doing to make your life different?  Are you doing the same things and expecting better results?

I want you to think about God’s rules on sex for a while.  Think about why he has those rules in place, what they mean to your body, and what they mean to your heart.  Talk about this with you leader.  I will give you a hint: His guidelines about sex are SO much more about protecting us than anything else.  Most women who are more mature can tell you this is true!

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