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God, Are You Listening?

October 18, 2020


Do you ever question if God is even listening to you?  Do you want answers, but it seems like you don’t get them?  Do you wonder if God is fair, especially when life seems to go from bad to worse?  You’re not alone.


Keep scrolling for song lyrics, message notes and discussion questions!

  • You Are Good

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    People from every nation and tongue

    From generation to generation

     

    We worship You

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    We worship You

    For who You are

     

    We worship You

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    We worship You

    For who You are

    You are good!

     

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    People from every nation and tongue

    From generation to generation

     

    We worship You

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    We worship You

    For who You are

     

    We worship You

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    We worship You

    For who You are

    You are good!

     

    You are good all the time

    All the time You are good!

     

    You are good all the time

    All the time You are good!

     

    You are good all the time

    All the time You are good!

     

    You are good all the time

    All the time You are good!

     

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    Lord, You are good

    And Your mercy endureth forever

     

    People from every nation and tongue

    From generation to generation

     

    We worship You

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    We worship You

    For who You are

     

    We worship You

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

     

    We worship You

    For who You are

    For who You are

    For who You are

    You are good!

  • Reckless Love

    Before I spoke a word

    You were singing over me

    You have been so, so good to me

     

    Before I took a breath

    You breathed Your life in me

    You have been so, so kind to me

     

    Oh, the overwhelming

    Never ending, reckless love of God

    Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found

    Leaves the ninety-nine

     

    I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it

    Still, You give yourself away

    Oh, the overwhelming, never ending

    Reckless love of God

     

    When I was Your foe

    Still, Your love fought for me

    You have been so, so good to me

     

    When I felt no worth

    You paid it all for me

    You have been so, so kind to me

     

    Oh, the overwhelming

    Never ending, reckless love of God

    Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found

    Leaves the ninety-nine

     

    I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it

    Still, You give yourself away

    Oh, the overwhelming, never ending

    Reckless love of God

     

    (Interlude)

     

    There's no shadow You won't light up

    Mountain You won't climb up

    Coming after me

     

    There's no wall You won't kick down

    Lie You won't tear down

    Coming after me

     

    There's no shadow You won't light up

    Mountain You won't climb up

    Coming after me

     

    There's no wall You won't kick down

    Lie You won't tear down

    Coming after me

     

    Oh, the overwhelming

    Never ending, reckless love of God

    Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found

    Leaves the ninety-nine

     

    I couldn't earn it, I don't deserve it

    Still, You give yourself away

    Oh, the overwhelming, never ending

    Reckless love of God

  • What A Beautiful Name

    You were the Word at the beginning

    One with God, the Lord Most High

    Your hidden glory in creation

    Now revealed in You, our Christ

     

    What a beautiful Name it is

    What a beautiful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus Christ, my King

     

    What a beautiful Name it is

    Nothing compares to this

    What a beautiful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus

     

    You didn't want heaven without us

    So Jesus, You brought heaven down

    My sin was great, Your love was greater

    What could separate us now?

     

    What a wonderful Name it is

    What a wonderful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus Christ, my King

     

    What a wonderful Name it is

    Nothing compares to this

    What a wonderful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus

     

    (Instrumental)

     

    Death could not hold You

    The veil tore before You

    You silenced the boast, of sin and grave

     

    The heavens are roaring

    The praise of Your glory

    For You are raised to life again

     

    You have no rival

    You have no equal

    Now and forever, God, You reign

     

    Yours is the Kingdom

    Yours is the glory

    Yours is the Name above all names

     

    What a powerful Name it is

    What a powerful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus Christ, my King

     

    What a powerful Name it is

    Nothing can stand against

    What a powerful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus

     

    What a powerful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus

    What a powerful Name it is

    The Name of Jesus

Message Notes

God, Are You Listening?

 

How long, O Lord, must I call for help?  But you do not listen!  “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save.  Must I forever see these evil deeds?  Why must I watch all this misery?  Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence.  I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.  Habakkuk 1:2-3 (NLT)

 

What are you to do when life seems to be going from bad to worse?

Option 1:  Deny the bad

Option 2:  Reject the whole idea of God

Option 3:  Wrestle with God

 

Embrace living in the meantime because the world is not yet what God desires for it to be nor what it’s meant to become.

 

The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed!  For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.  I am raising up the Babylonians, a cruel and violent people.  They will march across the world and conquer other lands.  Habakkuk 1:5-6 (NLT)

 

God at times takes a “hands-off” approach so that we suffer the consequences of our own sin.

 

Here’s what is happening:  you attack and criticize others and then turn around to commit the same offenses yourselves!  Do you think you will somehow dodge God’s judgment?  Do you take the kindness of God for granted?  Do you see His patience and tolerance as signs that He is a pushover when it comes to sin?  How could you not know that His kindness is guiding our hearts to turn away from distractions and habitual sin to walk a new path?  Romans 2:3-4 (VOICE)

 

Sometimes bad news comes before good news.  Sometimes things need to get worse before they can get better.

 

Hope is found in the reality that God is at work in the world even though we may have trouble comprehending it and may not like it.

Talk About It

1.  What is a “believe-it-or-not” fact from your life story that a lot of people do not know?

 

2.  How good of a listener would you say that you normally are?  What do you think about that?  How would you like to change?

 

3.  What are some things you tend to complain about?

 

4.  How frustrated do you tend to be when you do not get the answers you’re seeking?

 

5.  What are a couple of things you find confusing or puzzling about God?

 

6.  What are some questions you’d like to ask God?

 

7.  What do you normally do when life seems to be going from bad to worse?

 

8.  Do you think God is fair?  Why or why not?

 

9.  What are some things you are tempted to complain about to God?  How do you feel about that?

 

10.  Do you think God listens?  Why or why not?

 

11.  How do you think God should determine to set things right when people turn their backs on living in Godly ways while pretending to be faithful and when people think they are living in accordance with God’s will while in reality they are not?

 

12.  What do you think of the idea that God at times takes a “hands-off” approach so that we suffer the consequences of our own sin?

 

13.  What do you think of the idea that sometimes bad news comes before good news; sometimes things need to get worse before they can get better?

 

14.  What do you think of the idea that hope is found in the reality that God is at work in the world even though we may have trouble comprehending it and may not like it?

 

15.  What do you think of the idea of embracing living in the meantime because the world is not yet what God desires for it to be nor what it’s meant to become?

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