Sunday School Material 9-18-16: Foundations of the Earth





(Isaiah 40:21-31; 9/18/16)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God is awesome and committed to taking care of those who put their hope in Him. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like God is awesome and our hope is in Him.

Body:

Read Isaiah 40:21-26

I. Sovereign Power. The Sunday School material starts off with a series of rhetorical questions concerning knowing about God. God is pictured as being the greatest power in the universe, and people are like grasshoppers.

He is pictured as the One who brings an end to Earthly rulers. There is no one who compares to God.

Applications –

- Learning about God. Notice the rhetorical questions in vs. 21. As in the Sunday School material, there are some things that the people of God should know. We should know some basic stuff like the Bible is authoritative truth. Salvation only comes by trusting in Jesus’ death for our sins.

Discipleship or following Jesus should include our studying, serving, and giving. The mission of the church is to evangelize and edify, God’s way, with Pastor, members, and helpers working together (i.e., membership orientation material).

Let’s work on learning and knowing those things that are pleasing to God.

It is more than sad to be a member of a church for more than a year and still know nothing. Furthermore, we will never know, if we don’t try to learn. A teaching church does a person not good, if the person doesn’t study or come to the teaching to learn.

- God is awesome. Notice in vss. 22, 25-26, 28 that God is awesome. He rules the world and the heavens. In comparison to God, we are like grasshoppers.

First, as we pray to and praise God, we should acknowledge His awesomeness. God is not a little god who we should simply take for granted.

Second, we should be aware of the fact that no matter how big we may be compared to our peers, we are still like grasshoppers compared to God. This reality should make it easy for us to be humble.

Third, given the awesomeness of God and how small we are, we should give our best to living in obedience to God. At the core of God’s will are the issues of accepting Jesus as our savior by faith and living lives focused on loving God and people, as we love ourselves.

Let’s live like we believe that God is awesome.

- The temporariness of people. Notice in vss. 23-24 that human leaders are pictured as temporary and weak compared to God. All humans are temporary and weak compared to God.

No matter how big and bad a leader may appear, in a few days, he or she is subject to be gone. This is great news, when the leader is bad. And it reminds to keep our trust in God, because even good leaders are temporary. Let’s live like we understand the temporariness of people.

This kind of living should include striving to always live in obedience to God and with our ultimate trust in Him. “Obedience to God” includes following the leaders who He allows to sit in seats of influence, unless they are leading us contrary to God’s will (i.e., God’s word).

Read Isaiah 40:27-31

II. Sustaining Power. The Sunday School material challenges the complaining of God’s people. God is pictured as One who can be trusted to take care of His own. Those who hope in the Lord are pictured as renewing their strength.

Applications –

- Trusting, instead of complaining. Notice in vs. 27 that the people of God were complaining about God’s failure to move according to their will. As people of God, we are subject to complain about how God doesn’t move according to our will.

The greatest reason that God doesn’t move according to our will is because our will is often faulty. God’s ways are best for us. And then there are times when God moves slower than we want to help us build our faith in Him.

It is easy to trust God when all is well. But it takes stronger faith to trust Him, when things are bad and getting worse. Let’s work on trusting God, instead of complaining about His failure to move according to our will.

- Hoping in God. Notice in vss. 29-31 that God promises to empower the weary and week who put their hope in Him. First, if we strive to live according to God’s will, in this dark and decaying world, we are subject to get weary and weak.

Fighting against the devil, dealing with our own sins, and trying to get along with people, who have their issues, can be a bit overwhelming.

Second, we can and should chose to put our hope in God. To put our hope in God means that we are looking to Him to take care of His own.

Hoping in God means that if we lose our job, a close relative dies, or we become sick, we don’t have to panic or waddle in depression. Since our hope is in God, our hope is still alive, because God is still alive.

Let’s work on strengthening our hope in God. We can do this by prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of other disciples (i.e., growth groups).

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like God is awesome and our hope is in Him. God has much for those who obey His will.

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