Isa. 41:8-10 PRECIOUS PROMISES FOR YOUR JOURNEY
Intro: Ill. The Context. God is confronting the heathen for
their idolatry, but is comforting Israel concerning their relationship with
Himself. In these 3 verses, God gives us, His children, some reasons to be encouraged.
Some may say, "I dont have anything to be happy about, it just seems
that everything is against me." Thank God, even when we forget His promises,
He still remembers. (Ill. Old man, who was dying, couldnt remember Gods
promises, but was reminded that God never forgets.) In these verses, God gives
you, His children, some precious promises for your journey.
The question may come to mind, "Why does God promises
us anything? After all, it is us who ought to be promising Him things."
Well, it doesnt work like that. When we get saved, we begin to live under
the economy of grace. From a human standpoint nothing God does makes very much
sense, (Ill. Some things He does.) Why does He do this? Notice verses 8-9, He
picked us, we did not choose Him. Therefore, He will do everything to see that
we are looked after in our journey.
With this in mind, notice these precious promises that God
has given you for your journey.
I. THE PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE
A. His Presence Is Powerful His presence has the power
to drive away fear 2 Tim. 1:7.
B. His Presence Is Personal Matt. 28:20. (Ill. Not an
angel, but the Lord Himself John 6:20 the "! AM.")
Ill. New Chinese believer named Lo who found Matt. 28:20 and took it personally.
C. His Presence Is Perpetual Heb. 13:5 Ill. Where
life can lead, still never alone!
II. THE PROMISE OF HIS PERSON
A. There Is A Relationship (Thy) This is personal. (Ill.
I need to know what He can do for me.)
B. There Is A Realization He is GOD! He can do anything!
(Ill. Eph. 3:20; Job 42:2; Luke 1:37; Psa. 115:3**)
C. There Is A Reality (Ill. "Dismayed"
To look anxiously about.) If God is my God, and He is an able God, then why
do need to fear, fret or faint? My God is on the throne! (Ill. His mighty
deeds. He hasnt changed! Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8) (Ill. We need to
remember just who He is!)
III. THE PROMISE OF HIS POWER
(Gods promise here is three-fold. Ill. Yea = "Surely" There
are three aspects of His power that we can count on.)
A. He Will Strengthen Us He will give us the power to
see every duty and every day to its conclusion. There will be grace
and strength for every need 2 Cor. 12:9; Isa. 40:13.
B. He Will Support Us He will give us what we need,
when we need it, in the exact proportions that we require it Phil.
4:19. (Ill. Psalm 23:1-6 The statement of verse 1 is explained.)
C. He Will Sustain Us God will keep us and get us safely
through the journey until we all reach Heaven, Ill. Vrs. 9, 17. God did not
save us to abandon us along the way 1 Pet. 1:5, (Ill. Present, Passive,
Participle) (Ill. The Egyptian in 1 Sam. 30:11-13 God doesnt
operate like that! Ill. Phil. 1:6; 1 Thes. 5:23) Ill. Thats my kind
Conc: I praise the Lord for His promises! Dont you? However,
lets be honest, we do not all live like we believe these things, do we?
Tonight might be a good night for you to come before the Lord and thank Him
for His perfect Word and the promises it contains. Just to thank Him for being
faithful and dependable. Perhaps you need to come down here and get forgiveness
for your lack of faith in Him and His promises.
Our journey may be long, or it might be short. Whatever the
length of it, or whatever we may face, I am thankful that we can count on God
and His promises during our journey.