Just like contestants in an escape room, all of us handle pressure in different ways. Some of us curl up in the corner and wait for it to end, and some of us get to work cracking the code. Likewise, when it comes to handling difficult or painful situations, we all have different ways of trying to escape. Some of us respond to hurt with anger. Some of us become reckless. Or maybe we just run and hide. This week, we’ll focus on the truth that God wants us to escape to Him, not from Him.
The Point – When life is hard, God says that He’s with you.
“Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you” (Isaiah 46:3-4 NLT)
We all have ways we love to relax. Maybe it’s swinging in a hammock, watching some Netflix, or going to the gym. It’s good for us to kick back, unwind, and enjoy the good things in life. The problem is that sometimes we can use good things to avoid the more difficult things. I get it, we all have tasks or situations we’d rather avoid or put off until later. But maybe we miss something a lot more important when we avoid pain or delay the inevitable. What if God is using your difficult situations in life to develop you as a person, to strengthen your character, and to shape your soul?
The Point – When life is hard, God says you can face it.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4 NIV).
For our final week of Escape Room, we’ll talk about what it feels like to be alone, and how God comforts us during these times. The truth is, it’s a normal part of life to feel sad, hurt, or alone. Feeling like you’re the only person who has to deal with what you have to deal with can be isolating. But today, we’ll talk about how God comforts us, and the same comfort that God gives us is meant to move us to comfort someone else. In other words, God wants us to take the comfort we’ve received and give it to someone in need.
The Point – When life is hard, God says to comfort others.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT).