10. November, 2019Sermon Notes No comments

191110-stop-doubting

Scripture: Isaiah 40:27-31

27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel,  “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in (wait on) the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

 

Doubt will cause you to distrust God and His promises. So, replace your doubt with hope, faith and trust in God and His Word.

In Isaiah 40:1-26, God sent His prophet to:

  1. Comfort and console them
  2. Speak tenderly and lovingly to them
  3. Remind them that God’s Word stands forever
  4. Prepare them for the coming of the Lord who:
    • is holy, sovereign, powerful, incomparable
    • will rule over them
    • will reward them
    • will shepherd them

Doubt 

  • according to Cambridge dictionary,
    • to not feel certain or confident about something or to think that something is not probable
    • to not trust someone or believe what they say.
  • according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary
    • to call into question the truth of : to be uncertain or in doubt about
    • to lack confidence in someone
    • an inclination not to believe or accept

 

1. God’s Probe and Query (v.27a)

  1. Why do you complain, Jacob?
  2. Why do you say (whine), Israel?

 

2. Man’s Charge and Complaint (v.27b)

  1. My way is hidden from the LORD
  2. My cause is disregarded by my God

 

3. God’s Response and Reassurance (vv.28-30)

  1. Do you not know?
  2. Have you not heard?
  3. I am the Everlasting God
  4. I am the Creator of the ends of the earth
  5. I will not grow tired or weary
  6. My understanding no one can fathom
  7. I give strength to the weary
  8. I increase the power of the weak
  9. The youths grow tired and weary
  10. The young men stumble and fall

 

4. God’s Promise and Pledge (v.31)

Those who hope in (wait on) the Lord will:

  • will renew their strength
  • will soar on wings like eagles
  • will run and not grow weary
  • will walk and not be faint

 

If you truly believe in God and His Word, and know WHO He is and WHAT He can do, you will find:

  • peace, comfort and joy in this life
  • faith and strength to endure
  • hope and confidence for His soon coming

 

Challenge

  1. Trust God and build your faith on His Word
  2. Wait on Him and Ask Him to renew your spiritual strength and stamina
  3. Comfort and encourage each other to remain strong in Him
  4. Do everything for His glory and honour
  5. Be ready for His soon coming

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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