Crossroads: Everlasting

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Isaiah 40:26-31

Your Story

Talk about a time in your life when God has given you strength. Be sure you keep your story appropriate for your children’s ages.

My Story and the Bible Story

Chris Tomlin’s song “Everlasting God” is inspired by this passage of Scripture.

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer.

You are the everlasting God,
The everlasting God.
You do not faint,
You won’t grow weary.
You’re the defender of the weak,
You comfort those in need,
You lift us up on wings like eagles.

I love this song because it reminds me that we don’t have to do everything on our own. There are days when it seems as if I just can’t keep going. There are days when I feel too sad or too worried or too stressed, and all I want to do is hide under the covers. And yet, when I grow weary, God doesn’t. When I am weak, God isn’t. When I wait on God, when I hope in God, and when I trust that God is there, God gives me the strength I need.

Read Isaiah 40:26-31. From the NIV: Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and might strength, not one of them is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah reminds us that God is our strength. When it’s hard for us to keep going, God is there, holding us up. Maybe you’re having a tough time at school. Maybe there’s a bully who keeps picking on you and you don’t know what to do anymore. Or maybe you’re worried about every test you take. Maybe you’re sad because someone you love just died. Parents, maybe you feel like all you ever do is run from one thing to the next and you are tired of running. Whatever is going on in your life, God knows it. And whenever you are tired and feel like you can’t keep going, God will give you the strength you need. God will help you focus so that you can study. God will help you know what to do about a bully (and maybe what God tells you is to tell a grown up). God will give you the strength you need to go from one thing to the next. God is everlasting, which means that God never ends. God doesn’t have a beginning or an ending. God is God and God has always been and will always be there. And not only that, but God never gets tired. God never wants to give up and God always knows when we are tired and when we want to give up. If you’ll tell God about it, God will give you the strength you need to keep going. Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord!

Discussion

• Ask your family to talk about times when they needed strength or courage from God. Have there been times when they just wanted to give up? What did they do?
• Make sure your children understand what “everlasting” means.
• Talk about what to do when you feel like you want to give up (pray to God, talk to a friend, talk to a grown up, etc.).

Prayer

Thank God for never leaving us. Ask God for strength for specific things. Praise God that God never grows weary.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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