Oct. 23, 1949 PUTTING OUR TRUST IN GOD Isa. 12:2; 26:1-7; 30:1,2,15-17
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are wise will build upon this rock and find refuge in the cleft of it. Behold a Warning Isa. 30:1,2,15-17 With such a God as set forth in the previous passages, why trust in any thing else? These verses warn against the folly of turning to Egypt for help in view of the coming of Sennacherib, the Assyrian. Egypt is often considered a type of the world. The world is some thing to be delivered from, not to trust in. Yet many are guilty in their prac tical attitudes of placing all confidence in the things of this world. God is left out. A “ woe” is pronounced upon those who “ trust in the shadow of Egypt.” Verses 15 to 17 show the persistent re fusal of Israel to turn to the Lord. The result would only be defeat at the hands of their enemies. They who fail to trust the Lord lay themselves open to all sorts of attacks from the forces of the world, the flesh and the devil. Let us heed the warning and turn our thoughts toward God. He only is worthy of our trust. Memory Verse: “ I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song” (Isa. 12:2). God’s people, the Israelites, had di vided into two kingdoms — Judah and Israel. One day Ahaz, king of Judah, received a message that Israel and an other country were coming to make war against Judah. When God saw how this news frightened Ahaz and his people, He told Isaiah to take his son and go to meet King Ahaz and bring him a mes sage. Part of the message from God was: “ . . . be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted.” God said that Israel would not harm Judah if the people of Judah would trust in Him to care for them. Ahaz was nervous and frightened because he was thinking only of his enemies. Isaiah was confident and quiet because he was thinking of God and His care for His children. Later, Isaiah told God’s people that one day they would joyfully say: “ I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song.” Part of their song of joy when Godi brings peace upon the earth will be, “ Thou wilt keey him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” Notice that it is trust in God that brings peace and lack of fear. Trust in strength, wisdom, education, position, wealth, etc., will always end in dis appointment and failure. Trust in God always brings joy and peace. Those whose minds are always thinking of un pleasant things around them are always worried, hurried, and upset. Those whose mind is stayed or fixed upon their Lord rest in His joy and peace constantly. T H E K I N G ’ S B U S I N E S S Helps for the Children Learning to Trust in God Isa. 7:1-7; 12:2; 26:3,4
Pointers on the Lesson How big is the God you trust? If He is big enough, there is no reason to fear. If He is as big as the God of the Bible, He is big enough to provide confidence in the midst of all difficulties. This week’s lesson purposes to better ac quaint us with the God we ought to serve and gives exhortation to repose all confidence in Him. Behold God’s Character Isa. 12:2 The purpose of this short chapter is to present the nature of the worship of that future when the King will set up His Kingdom. The kind of deity to be worshiped in that day is wonderfully set forth in verse two. It opens with the word “ Behold” which is like a finger pointing to something of great impor tance. The verse opens and closes with the emphasis upon God as “my salva tion.” He is a wonderful Saviour with all the varied meaning of that term. He is also the believer’s strength. He is moreover the believer’s song. And how much to sing about in Him! Behold Judah’s Glory Song Isa. 26:1-7 Judah will sing one day because of their conversion and restoration. What will make Judah sing one' day is rea son to make any one sing who experi ences conversion and transformation of life. Verse 3 presents a principle which is preciously true at any time. Those who trust the Lord have the basis for perfect peace. Verse 4 is an exhortation to put trust in the One who is “ the rock of ages.” The marginal reading for “ everlasting strength” is “ rock of ages.” They who
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