Lesson 3: September 18, 2016
Everything Begins With God: Isaiah 40
Teaching Strategy: List things that make you question God.
- Relentless violence in Syria and the tragic plight of Syrian and Armenian Christians who are forced to live as refugees in other countries.
- Fear instilled in the hearts of young protesters in Hong Kong by China’s threat of punishment.
- Poverty and civil unrest in South Sudan.
- Drought in Ethiopia.
- Racial tensions that continue to escalate all over the United States during this election year.
How do we persist in our faith despite our questions?
The Psalms teach us to offer our praise to God even in the face of our complaints and distresses (see for example, Psalm 13, 22, 77). Many Christian hymns affirm Israel’s pattern for prayer, perhaps none more renowned than Horatio Spafford’s, “It is Well With My Soul.” God hears our prayers.