The God whose word stands forever - Isaiah 40:6-8
This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 24th January 2021.
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Isaiah 40 v 6-8 “The God whose Word Stands Forever”
Intro: Taking God at His word
Romans 8 v 28; “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
1) Don’t let the strength of the opposition stop you believing God’s promises (v6-8)
“I know what God said through Isaiah, but … what about these powerful Babylonians?”
The size of evil and the scale of opposition is simply not relevant in believing God’s promises.
2) Don’t let the failing promises of men stop you believing God’s promises (v7)
“I know what God said through Isaiah but … we have been let down by the empty promises of people so often before.”
This world is exactly what we should expect if God’s word is true:
- The breath of the Lord (Ex 15:10, Job 41:21, Ps 103, Ezek 22:21)
- “Man-shaped lenses” are bad for us when reading God’s word.
3) Don’t let your cares in the present stop you believing God’s promises (v8)
“I know what God has said in his word and through Isaiah, I know he is greater than his enemies, I know his word can be trusted when men’s cant’ but …his promises are focussed more on God’s people as a whole and more about the future than they are for me right now in my particular situation.”
We are not to treat the present as more important than eternity.
- James 1 v 2-4
- 2 Cor 4 v 17
We take God’s promises and go to the cross;
Romans 8 v 31&32 “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Home Group Questions
1) Romans 8 v 28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” How might knowing this to be true change your attitude to your current trials?
2) How does opposition and the depth of evil that is evident in this world cause us to doubt God’s word? Why should Isaiah 40 v 6 help us when feeling like this?
3) What do you think of the statement “this world is exactly what we should expect if God’s word is true”? How does “the breath of the Lord” in verse 7 explain this world to us?
4) Why should we listen differently to God’s word than the promises people make? Do we listen the way we should when God’s word is proclaimed in a sermon or when we read the bible for ourselves?
5) Why is the cross central when we try to apply God’s eternal promises to our own day-to-day situations? How can we become more of a “Romans 8 church”?
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