Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Gotta Be Weak to Be Strong
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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After many prophecies of doom and gloom, Isaiah begins chapter 40 with soothing words: "'Comfort, comfort my people,' says your God." The hopeful words in the opening verse move to a satisfying conclusion with the powerful promise in verse 31: "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." But the comforting words in verse 1 and the promise in verse 31 would carry little weight if it weren't for the many verses that come in between—verses that proclaim God's incomparable power. We can have renewed strength only because we trust in an omnipotent God who empowers us with the very power that split the Red Sea and raised Christ from the dead.
What keeps you going when you feel like giving up?
What does God say to his people in verses 2 through 5? How might you apply these comforting and hopeful words to a difficult situation you or a friend is currently facing?
What do you learn about God in verses 7 through 29?
According to verse 31, what does it take to "find new strength"?
Finish this sentence: "I can trust in God because … "
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Praise God for his omnipotence, naming specific ways he has shown his power in your life and given you strength when you've felt weak.
Comfort for God's People
40 Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord's hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice of one calling:
"In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
6 A voice says, "Cry out."
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
"All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever."
Prayer for the Week
Omnipotent God, protect me from ever thinking I have it all together or that I can do life on my own. And during those times I am painfully aware of my weakness, use my weakness to display your strength and power.
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