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The God who holds everything in his hands - Isaiah 40:12-17

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 7th February 2021.

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Is 40 v 12-17 “The God who holds everything in His Hands” HANDOUT

 

Intro: The WHY question

 “you don’t need to know why, you do need to know me.”

 

1) We need the correct view of God’s might (BIG) (v12)

Not a complicated argument.

 

A wrong, small view of God will mean we are;

  • intimidated by the opposition of people
  • shaken by difficult circumstances in our lives

 

Man’s accomplishments Vs God’s might

 

We need to have the correct view of God’s might: our Shepherd God is strong enough to do the right thing.

 

 

2) We need the correct view of God’s wisdom(BIG)(v13-14)

 

God knows exactly what the right thing is

 

 

 

People make bad decisions because they can’t have all the information they need but God has ALL the information, past present and future.

 

 

Back to Romans 8v28 again; 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.”

 

 

3) We need the correct view of humanity (SMALL) (v15-17)

 

 

We don’t need to know the why’s we need to know him.

 

 

 

2 practical applications

  • Read Job (esp 28 and then 42) and read the Psalms.

 

      2. Proclaim God’s name and character to believers in crisis and to unbelievers in their unbelief.

 

Home Group Questions

1) Can you think of a time when you wanted to know why God was allowing certain circumstances in your life? What different answers might there be to that question?

 

2) “You don’t need to know why, you need to know God” - why does that not comfort us in our trials as much as it should?

 

3) Look at verse 12 and compare the greatest accomplishments of humans with the description of God. Do we have a big enough view of God’s power?

 

4) In verses 13 and 14 we see that God knows everything and needs no help. How does this complete knowledge and correct decision making comfort us in our suffering? How does it make sense of Romans 8 v 28?

 

5) How should the ‘smallness’ of the nations described in verses 15-17 lead us to the cross of Jesus Christ? How should God’s love and care demonstrated there help us to be comforted despite not having the ‘why’ questions in our life answered?       

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