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LESSON TWO
Trust in God
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Overview
Lesson Two—Trust in God
Lesson Goals
At the conclusion of this lesson, students should:
1. Identify areas in their lives where God is developing their trust in Him.
2. Understand that our trust is displayed by our obedience.
3. Be able to apply specific promises from God to their areas of need.
Teaching Outline
I. The Trust of Elijah
A. To Go to Cherith
B. To Go to Zarephath
II.
The Test of the Widow
A. Her Residence
B. Her Resources
C. Her Reasoning
III.
The Triumph of Faith
A. The Request from the Prophet
B. The Response of the Widow
C. The Resource Supplied
LESSON TWO
Trust in God
1 KINGS 17:1-16
Introduction
Everyone possesses trust.
It is the object of our trust that makes the difference when it is put to the test.
It is at a time of trial that the source of our trust will be revealed.
As someone once said, "A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted."
In this study, we discover how to develop a faith that can be trusted.
1 Kings 17- the prophet Elijah and a widow in Zarephath, see how their trust was tested, although in different ways.
Both passed the test and experienced the incredible provision of God.
Sermon Goals
1. Identify areas in their lives where God is developing their trust in Him.
2. Understand that our trust is displayed by our obedience.
3. Be able to apply specific promises from God to their areas of need.
Long before builders erect walls or install windows or place a roof on a physical building, they start with a process most people never see once the building is completed—the foundation.
Huge machinery rolls onto the property, digging up the dirt.
Men with hard hats pour over paperwork and specs.
Small colored flags are meticulously placed around the property.
Appointments are scheduled to have inspectors visit the construction site, giving their stamp of approval for the seemingly most minor details.
All of this and more takes place before a building even begins to take shape.
To the unlearned observer, one might think this is ridiculous.
"Let's get this building under way!"
But the builder knows an important truth—a structure without a firm foundation is useless, even disastrous.
The most vital part to a structure rests on the investment into its foundation.
There is a similar truth in the Christian life.
Without a solid foundation to the Christian activities or ministries in which we may take part, our lives will eventually crumble.
In this series, we are investigating God's Word for the elements of a solid foundation.
There isn't a more important element than that of trust.
In this lesson, we look at building trust toward God in our lives.
Illustration
Alaska and California are the two states that experience the most earthquakes.'
Because of this, building codes have been put into place to ensure safety for residents in the event of an earthquake.
Many beautiful buildings have crumbled to the ground because they could not withstand an earthquake.
Building according to the earthquake codes is costly in time and resources.
It's often frustrating as the timeline for building completion drags out.
But it provides safety and protects the investment made in the rest of the building.
Challenges and tests in our lives are like earthquakes.
They can shake us to the core and have the potential to destroy us.
They also reveal the strength of our spiritual foundation.
It is at these times when we can see where we have placed our trust.
First Kings 17 gives us an example of two people—a prophet and a widow—who both trusted God during one of the most difficult times in their lives.
In this passage, we learn from them how we can build trust in our lives.
The setting of this story is similar to that of our culture today.
The country of Israel had forgotten the ways of God.
Their king and queen—Ahab and Jezebel—had no interest in God's laws or the consequences that would befall Israel by rejecting them.
Just as we see prevailing in our world today, there was a flagrant rejection of the one true God and an acceptance of pluralism and idolatry.
In response to Ahab and Jezebel's disobedient idolatry, God sent Elijah to proclaim His judgment.
Many years earlier, God had already made clear to His people the consequence that would befall their land if they rejected Him.
Elijah's proclamation of the coming drought was not just a crazy prophet trying to scare Ahab into submission to God.
He was proclaiming the truth of God's Word.
��1 KINGS 17:1
1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
As always, God's Word came to pass.
God sent a drought to the land.
As we can imagine, this became a season of incredible testing in Elijah's life.
It was also a time of testing for a widow and her son, who are introduced to us in this passage.
During this time of extreme difficulty, their lives were shaken, and their faith was tested.
Through their responses, the foundation of their trust was exposed.
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The Trust of Elijah
Because Elijah preached the Word of the Lord to Ahab, he became the special target of Ahab and Jezebel's anger.
It's likely that the people of the land were angry with him as well.
1 KINGS 17:2-5
2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
Now more than ever, Elijah had to trust God for everything.
God told Elijah to go, and Elijah "went and did according unto the word of the LORD."
His obedience was proof of his trust in God.
A. To Go to Cherith- Vs. 3
1 KINGS 17:3
3 ... hide thyself by the brook Cherith...
Because Elijah trusted God's direction, he saw God's provision.
1 KINGS 17:5-6
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