Explore the Bible Study: God Protects

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Where do people turn when a crisis occurs or their way of life feels threatened? Generally, people turn to other people or depend on resources such as a spiritual advisor, a respected Bible study leader, a presidential candidate, a political party, a medical breakthrough, their own abilities, or something else. LifeWay's Explore the Bible Study: God Protects will be examining the dangers of trusting man over God, based on Isaiah 31:1-9.

Judah (the Southern Kingdom), faced a crisis and was tempted to turn to other sources for help. Their actions demonstrated their lack of faith in God to protect them. We need to learn from Judah’s rebellion against God. They didn’t seek God, nor did they depend on God for their protection. They tried to correct circumstances on their own, through their own power and logic. While God can use anything and anyone to bring about His plans, to supplant His sovereignty with our own solutions is direct rebellion against the God who saves and the God who protects. 

Obviously, when those who profess Christ face a crisis, they know they should primarily turn to and depend on God for their help. Yet, it is still in our human nature to depend on others or other things instead of God. This doesn’t mean God can’t work through people and things, but to depend on those things before depending on God demotes God to a position lower than man’s solutions. 

Currently people believe that if the right presidential candidate is elected, our country will be safe. If the stock market continues to grow, they will feel secure. If there is a COID-19 vaccine, they can be protected.

Don’t succumb to the temptation of looking to others for solutions before looking to God. Obviously, God can use anything including medical breakthroughs and political parties to provide protection, but when He doesn’t, we shouldn’t panic and pursue options that would lead us to depend on man more than God for our protection. 

Nothing you are facing catches God by surprise. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you are safe and protected even in the midst of personal danger. Jesus promised in John 10:28: I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

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The Bible study helps have been modified in order to provide opportunities for both online and face-to-face teaching venues. Ideas in boxes will be provided for engaging groups more when meeting in person. The boxed items could also be modified and used for online discussion as well. 

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