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Abiding In God – Lesson 1: Resisting God’s Plan

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:1-13

Memory Verse:The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10

Introduction:

God is good and He wills only the best for us. Though He is great and awesome, He cares about us as persons with the same delicate precision He used in designing the complexities of space. He has formulated a plan for each of our lives and His plan dovetails precisely with the calling and contribution He has in mind for each of us.

We enjoy being in charge of our lives, we like to chart our own courses. This seems to be part of our very deepest nature. Many times man’s alternative plans lead to an unprofitable life filled with sorrow, pain, and failure. Usually, God does not force His plan upon us but He gives us the choice to accept or resist it.

We often resist God’s plan for one of our own. Biblical examples would be the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness and the people demanding a king. The book of Jeremiah shows us over and over again God’s people resisting His plans for them.

Here in Isaiah, we are encouraged to seek the Lord and find pardon. Not only will God’s salvation supply what is necessary for our life but it also provides what brings joy. God’s gracious thoughts exceed all human imagination.

Study Questions:

  1. What can happen when man relies upon his own ways? Proverbs 14:12; Romans 6:20-21.
  2. Identify in these verses the results of following our own plans. Acts 7:51-53; Proverbs 21:2; Matthew 7:26-27.
  3. How do our ways and thoughts compare to God’s? Isaiah 55:6-9.
  4. What results when God’s people resist His plans for them? Jeremiah 2:11-13; Jeremiah 17:5-6, 23; 3 John 1:9-11.
  5. Can you share the results from a time, or period of time, in your life when you worked your plan and not God’s?
  6. Would God ever resist us? James 4:1-6.
  7. How does the world offer alternatives to God’s plan for our lives? Galatians 1:11-14.
    Note: Humanism, Eastern Religions, etc.
  8. Does God have a plan for every man, woman, and child? John 10:7-14.
  9. Does God recognize the difference between honest doubts and resistance? John 20:24-29.
  10. Who must make the choice to accept or resist? Joshua 24:14-15.