Job 6:1–10

When Job’s life fell apart, he asked the same questions human beings have asked for millennia: Why me? What did I do to deserve this? How could God allow this to happen to me? Maybe you’re in Job’s shoes—feeling abandoned, rejected and hopeless. Maybe you are demanding answers from God. But as Job discovered, knowing the God who created you is better than knowing the answers to all your questions. Because when you know and trust his love, you’ll find the freedom and hope that will enable you to trust in God’s control over all things, even your suffering.


“Is Breakfast Ready?”



There will be…glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good. Romans 2:9–10

Though I (jcd) have always respected the talents of mothers, my appreciation for them soared when my son, Ryan, was three years old. Shirley broke her leg while skiing (she claims it was an accident), granting me the chance to do her thing for a few weeks. It was a shocking experience. My first day on the job, Ryan interrupted my deep, dreamy sleep with a loud cry at 6 a.m. As he howled, I staggered toward his room, then nudged open the door. The crying abruptly stopped and a cheery voice asked, “Is breakfast ready?” I trudged into the kitchen and stared at the cabinets, hoping something quick and simple would tumble out. Ryan followed, peppering me with questions such as “Are we having bacon?” and “Why isn’t the milk poured?” Finally, exasperated with his unresponsive new “mother,” Ryan sighed and said, “I’m getting so tired of you!”

Isn’t that often the story of motherhood? You give up your own needs to care for your beloved offspring—yet they fail to appreciate or even notice it. Be assured, however, that God notices. Every sacrifice, large or small, brings a smile to His face and joy to heaven. That’s worth remembering the next time your child is howling at 6 a.m.

Before you say good night…

What do you find most discouraging about motherhood?

What can the kids and your spouse do better to help you?

In what ways does God value mothers? (See Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 20:9; Proverbs 23:22; Isaiah 66:13; John 19:26–27.)

(mother) Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of motherhood. Give me strength and encouragement to face its challenges as I seek to fulfill and enjoy Your ordained plan for our family. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sermons on Trusting God


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” —Proverbs 3:5

Proverbs 3:5 says we are to trust God with all our heart and in all circumstances. But do we… even in the difficult times? In these sermons, Alistair Begg reminds believers that our response should always be to put our faith in God, for He knows what’s best for us and can use even hard experiences for His glory and our good.

Trusting God in the Dark (Psalm 13) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD ($1.25)

Everyone experiences disappointment or sadness to some degree. In Psalm 13, David demonstrated what it means to trust God in tough times. Feeling forgotten, forsaken, sorrowful, and subdued, David cried out for God’s consideration and illumination. As he prayed, his perspective changed, and he was able to rejoice—even though his circumstances remained the same. Alistair Begg teaches that when we face difficult times, we must resist self-pity, trusting that God knows what’s best for us and can use even our hard experiences for good.

Three Songs of Faith (Psalms 123, 124, 125) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD ($1.25)

As pilgrims made their way up the path to Jerusalem, they raised songs to the Lord in worship. Studying three of these Psalms of Ascents, Alistair Begg reveals to us what they meant to travelers then—and what they can teach us today. Even if others ridicule our beliefs, we, like the pilgrims, can focus on the living Lord’s mercy instead of on the scoffers along the way. We can trust in His protection and our eternal security with Him.

Stilling the Storm (Mark 4:35-41) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD ($1.25)

When a tempest broke on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples’ boat was swamped with water, their hearts flooded with fear. In their distress, they called to the Lord. Though Jesus was sleeping peacefully in the stern, He had compassion for His disciples’ doubts and questions, stilling the wind and the waves. Similarly, Alistair Begg teaches, though the Christian life will contain trouble, we too have access to the one who created the world, whose power can still any storm.

Give Us Each Day… (Luke 11:3) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD ($1.25)

We can fail to trust God’s daily provision by becoming greedy and expecting more or by overworking to provide for ourselves. Throughout Scripture, however, He promises to give us “our daily bread.” In this sermon, Alistair Begg reminds us that our heavenly Father knows what’s best for us and is deeply concerned with our personal and practical needs. Because of this, we are able to work hard, live in security, and be content in God’s perfect providence.

Trusting in Tough Times (Psalm 13) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD ($1.25)

Seasons of sorrow are common, even for those who love and serve the Lord. As Alistair Begg reminds us, crying out honestly to God, just as Jesus did on the cross, is not sinful, but supported by biblical example. Psalm 13, for example, begins in pain—but by the end, the despairing psalmist is able to look beyond his circumstances and trust in God with a joyful heart. Through Christ, that same victory is available for all who feel forgotten.