“Never, until sin is seen and sorrowed for as the greatest evil, will Christ be seen and rejoiced in as the greatest Good.” ~ John Yates
God values developing spiritual maturity in his children over providing physical security for his children.
How come the people who have been the recipients of so much mercy continue to suffer so much misery? First, we will look at The Mercy of God. Second, we’ll see The Misery of Jacob. And third, we will note The Mind of Faith.
Only the good providence of a loving God can bring hope out of shame. We will attempt to unpack that statement in two parts. First, we will look at how Jacob is Confident In Providence (1-14). Second, we’ll see how he is Forbearing With Providence (15-30).
If I could summarize this entire chapter in one sentence I would put it like this: A growing Christian is one that is increasingly sensitive toward sin and constantly amazed by God.
The will of God is accomplished through flawed individuals. There’s comfort and hope in that fact isn’t there? First, we will look at The Stolen Blessing (1-25). Second, we’ll see The Accidental Blessing (26-29). And third, we will note The Squandered Blessing (30-40).
Crisis is inevitable and conflict is unavoidable, but we trust in a God who is sovereign over both! First, we will see that God Is Sovereign Over Crisis (19-26). Second, we’ll see that God Is Sovereign Over Conflict (27-34).
Ultimately, this passage is about the covenant faithfulness of God and the way he draws people into that covenant and blesses them within it. So we will consider three aspects of the covenant this morning: First, we will look at The Covenant Prayer. Second, we’ll see The Covenant Priority. And third, we will note The Covenant Privilege.
Sin brought death into the world, but let’s consider from this passage what death brings into our lives. First, we will see that Death Brings Mourning. Second, we’ll see that Death Brings Responsibilities. And third, we will see that Death Brings Opportunities.
This morning we will consider three qualities of the God we are told to behold. First, we will consider how He Comes With Might (10a). Second, we’ll see that He Comes With Reward (10b). And third, we will note how He Comes With Gentleness (11).