Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 2 – Patience (Isaiah 40:31)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 2 – Patience (Isaiah 40:31)

LESSON: PATIENCE is waiting on the LORD with hope in our hearts.

Memory Verse:  “But those who hope in 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.” – Isaiah 40:31

Simple Explanation: (for younger students) 

Verses from Isaiah 40

Truths from God’s Word

v. 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.”

The Lord our God created everything; and He is a loving God, merciful and; and we may not always understand His ways, but we can always trust Him.

v. 29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

When we call on His name, He will listen. He is our helper and our source of strength.

v. 30 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;”

If we only use our own strength and wisdom, or the strength and wisdom of other people (such as the government officials or even our own parents and teachers), we can only do so much. The wisdom and strength of people is not enough.

V. 31 “but those who hope in 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.”

But if we trust and depend on God, no storm is too big, no pain too great, no obstacle too difficult. God will help us overcome and be victorious. He will not let us fall; He will lift us up, sustain us and strengthen us.

Bible History (for older students)

Isaiah 40 is written by the prophet Isaiah mostly for the people of Jerusalem. Isaiah lived during the time when God’s people had already separated into two kingdoms and people kept on turning away from the true God. Many of those who became kings of both the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah) were evil kings who worshipped idols and led the people to sin. God has been very patient with His people and sent them prophets to warn them, and has also allowed them to suffer under the hands of other pagan nations so that they would return to Him, but they kept disobeying God and time was running out for them. Because their sins had become too great, God was going to let them be defeated by their enemies; their cities would be destroyed and even the magnificent temple of Solomon would be completely ruined, and many of their people would be taken into captivity while the rest will be scattered among the nations.

 

It was a sad time because the people were going to get what they deserved. God made a covenant with the Israelites all the way from the time of Abraham. Covenant means “promise; and God is faithful to His promises. God made a promise that He would protect His people and bless them if they obey His commandments and do not worship other gods (the false idols of the people who lived around them). But, starting from King Solomon and all throughout the next 250 years of the Kings, the kings themselves turned away from God. They disobeyed God by marrying the women from the pagan nations and these pagan women led them to worship their false gods. The priests of the Lord were supposed to serve the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but now they served in the worship of false idols. Eventually, things became so bad that they even put their false idols made of stone or metal in the temple of God Himself, the magnificent temple that King Solomon had built so that the Lord God would “dwell” or “live” with His people.

Because of their great sins and because the people did not follow their part of the covenant; God removed His protection from them and let them be captured by their enemies. But Isaiah now speaks to them about God’s grace. Grace means “underserved favor. It means getting something good which we do not deserve. And because God loves His people even though they sinned against Him, He is now telling them through Isaiah that He has a plan, a good plan; and that one day, a Savior will come. God will restore His nation completely. Though there are many things that we don’t understand and there will be many trials and problems and difficulties, God is now telling them, and even us, that we have a reason to hope. God is true to His promises, we can be sure of that.

Additional points to ponder: How do we know we can trust God?

  • Isaiah is one of the most famous prophets in the Bible. Many of the prophecies he made especially about the coming of Jesus Christ have been fulfilled. The whole Bible is filled with such prophecies that history has shown us to have occurred just as prophesied. This is one way God gives us assurance that if He says in the Bible that it is going to happen, then, it will surely happen.
  • For this chapter in the book of Isaiah, the prophecy being made was an assurance to God’s people, the Israelites, that though many bad things will happen to their nation, God wants them to know that He has not completely abandoned them.
  • God has a covenant or “promise” to the Israelites, and that is, if the people would obey God’s voice and follow His commandments, then God would bless them and protect them from their enemies. But if they turn away from God and disobey his commandments (for example: the making of idols and worshipping them as mentioned in the warning in Deuteronomy 4:4), then God would allow them to suffer in the hands of their enemies. Their cities and homes will be destroyed and they would lose possession of their land. They will be scattered among the nations.
  • Israel has broken the covenant (or “promise”) they made to God, which was to love and serve Him only and not other gods. True enough, Israel was defeated many times and in fact, during the time that Jesus was on earth, the Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire. On 70.AD, much of Jerusalem and the SecondTemple was completely destroyed.
  • In 1948, after almost 2000 years, Israel again became a nation. In 1967, they regained control of Jerusalem after the Six-Day-War.
  • In just half a decade, this small nation which is constantly under threat of war from the surrounding Arab nations has become one of the most powerful nations in the whole world.
  • Just as God has fulfilled the promise of sending the Messiah 2,000 years ago, God will also fulfill his promise of a new heaven and new earth in the future, where there will be no more suffering, no pain and no tears.
  • At present while we are patiently waiting for the Lord’s second coming, we can depend on His Word that if we put our hope in Him, call on His name and have faith in Jesus, we will overcome any trials and challenges in our lives.

God is good! If we put our hope in Him and trust Him with all our hearts, then He will sustain us! 

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