Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 16
August 21, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<179> Thesis: Significant frustration of hope is not to be permitted to undercut joyful service in the disintegrating interim. Introduction: In our study last week we considered Simeon's words to Mary as a frank declaration of the inevitability of grief as the outworking of the centrality of Jesus in history. As long as self-centered rebellion is in the world and Jesus has the destiny of being the inescapable opponent of that rebellion, there is going to be serious conflict and believers are not going to escape the grief it causes. Even the mother of the Christ was to experience a sword in her own soul...and she was told this 36 years before it was to ultimately come to pass. In fact, the very attempt by so many believers to escape the grief is testimony to the presence of rebellion even in the hearts of God's own people. This reality -- that our summons by our God and Father is a summons to deal with the facts as they come to light without rebellion or complaining -- is a major aspect of Luke's presentation to Theophilus at this point in his record. Because that is so, our study this morning is going to, once again, make the reality as clear as possible for one reason: to enable us as the servants of God to continue to press on without despair. As a preparation for our study, let me ask you this question: How do you handle continual and overwhelming frustration?