John Brayboy. Salem
Missionary Baptist Church
Where is God?
Isaiah 44:24-26; 45:1, 4-7
I. Where Doubt Is (Isa. 44:24)
II. Wh ere Deceit Is (Isa. 44:25)
III. Where Hope is (Isa. 44:26)
jy. Where Help Is (Isa. 45:1,
I. Where Doubt Is
Judah was in exile in Babylon
just as the prophet Isaiah had predicted.
Some had been taken as
small children Some had been
born in exile. And many were
grown when they went into exile
Probably some of the adults had
died in Babylon during the time of
their exile. They were doing
craftwork or farming for the
Babylonian empire. Most of the
wealthy Judcans had been stripped
of their wealth. Rebellion had
brought them into exile. When
people rebel against the living God,
thy will, suffer the consequences.
Isaiah later prophesied that God
would bring about the return of the
northern kingdom of Judah Be- cause
of their disobedience, the
judgement of God was come unto
them, but He had not cast them
that He is their redeemer, the one
who rescues from hardship and
trouble. Even though it seemed
that there was no hope in view.
God was there all the time. Sometimes
as children of God, we feel
like the Judeans that maybe He is
no where to be found, but in the
midst of our doubt. God is near
We are reminded here that God
created us as well as the Judcans
He made the heavens and the
earth, and all living things. When
we begin to doubt we just need to
look around and look at His creation
and realize that He is near
The same God who stretched
forth the heavens as someone
spreading out a sheet is the same
God who provides for His people.
God's people are never left alone.
He is there all the time. When we
rebel against Holy God, we must
suffer the consequences of our actions,
but God is there to give us
grace to go through those circumstances.
Where Deceit Is
j (Isaiah 44:25)
There were Judeans in exile
who were trusting in God, There,
were those who were trying to deceive
the people of God also The
devil has people today who arc
trying to deceive the church in the
name of Jesus The revealed truth
of God will bring to nought the
signs of a liar. Just as God had
prophets in the days of Judah's
exile, the devil had his counterfeits.
The wisdom of god is foolish
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Jo the natural man but not to spirit ' '
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Clod's revealed truth makes fortune
tellers and wise men look like
hat thev arc. fools It is important
Tor us to know what thus saith the
word of God so that we will not be
deceived into following after the
dev il's crowd God has the answer
for everything that we need in our
lives, all in His precious book We
need to search the word, pray and
seek His face for the truth, and we
will not be deceived by false prophIII
Where Hope Is
When God speaks through his
servants. He docs what He says He
will do. Our hope and trust in God
and hispromises. Our faith is built
on the word of God Even in the
midst of trouble, we have hope for
a better day because we are confident
that God is near.
IV. Where Help Is
(Isaiah 45:1, 4-7)
God is supreme chief in command.
He controls all the universe,
creation and all mankind; even the
seas and wind obey His voice. He is
able to use ungodly men to bring
good to His people, even though
they are not aware of being an
instrument in God's hands. God
anointed Cyrus an ungodly pagan
king to bring about the rescue of
Judah and the rebuildingof Jerusalem.
There were two reasons for god
keeping his promise. (I) For
Jacob's sake; and (2) Israel was His
elect Even though Cyrus did not M
know god and was not seeking
after Him, He would use him to
rescue Israel from captivity. Cyrus
was equipped by God for the task
that he needed performed
By using C^rus and making
htm great, God would accomplish 111
and show the world that He was the
true God Also the world would
know what He was doing God's
greatness is seen in the fact that he
created light, darkness and evil.
God did not intend for people to be
evil, but allowed them.to choose
good or evil. God can allow tragedy
to come to a people so that it
can be a blessing and lesson for
other people. This was the case
with using cyrus to bring war on
Babylon and surrounding nations.
It was the way to rescue Israel and
show the world He was the I AM
Let us look at those things that
many times seem tragic and sec if
we may be able to see the good that
God wants to bring out of it. Sometimes
god allows things in people's
lives to try to bring lost souls to
Dearly beloved, has God been
try ing to get your attention to show
you that you need to repent? God
wants to save you for Christ's sake.
Kepent of your sins and accept
Jesus Christ as your personal savior
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