This sample lesson includes the quarter introduction and first week's lesson in a 13 week study I have written about our God. The study focuses on the attributes of God and how much God cares for His people.
As we “Behold Our Awesome God,” we will learn about His character traits, divine activities and powerful intervention in the lives of His people. We will see Him in action, and through His action come to see how awesome He is. We will see the movement of God in the lives of people in the Bible, and in our own hearts and lives. We can learn a great deal about God from His written word, The Holy Bible. But no man has ever seen God face to face. So when I say “Behold Our Awesome God” we behold Him through the word, what we learn and our personal encounters with the Holy Spirit during our prayer and personal-relationship times with Him. We will not actually see Him face to face, but we see the evidence of His movement in the lives of the Bible characters and in our own hearts and lives. As you will learn later, God is an invisible but powerful spiritual being!
God is awesome! He is more powerful and more loving than you and I can ever search out and understand. Our human minds simply cannot fathom the greatness of God. In Psalm 145:3 King David wrote, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” King Solomon, the wisest man ever, wrote, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) Though scripture tells us we cannot fully understand God, we can learn nuggets of truth about Him from His word, and He will reveal Himself to His children as they seek to know Him by entering into a personal one-on-one relationship with Him through prayer and the reading of His word.
Even though evidence of God’s existence surrounds us in creation, somehow some people convince themselves that God doesn’t exist or they don’t need Him. Nothing is farther from the truth! If people would truly cry out to God and walk in relationship with Him, they would come to realize that a relationship with the living God, Yahweh, is vital and exciting! Each step we take with God brings new adventure and challenges us to exercise our faith and trust Him with our lives. God is big and powerful enough to take care of us-- if we would only let Him.
Scripture tells us, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Yet sometimes, with our busy schedules, we don’t stop to take the time to explore or truly see the evidence of God’s character or his invisible qualities in the world around us. If we would stop and intensely look at even the smallest parts of creation—and be truthful with ourselves—we would have to admit that there was an awesome creator who made everything and sustains it. (Colossians 1:15-17) For example, let’s consider the raindrops.
God’s perfectly-planned design appears in the shape and pathways of raindrops that fall from the sky. As each droplet falls, it has a unique path to follow, watering and sustaining life all along its way, until it reaches its final destination in a lake, river, creek, pond or ocean. When the raindrop reaches its final destination (if not before) the sun comes out and it evaporates into the air. Then the wind carries it across the land, and it eventually comes down to the earth again to begin another life-sustaining journey. This ‘cycle of the raindrops’ could not have happened by chance because it is so perfectly synchronized to sustain life on this earthly creation.
Raindrops, as they go down their life-sustaining journey, also provide great natural beauty on the earth as they sustain all of the vegetation and create waterways. Wildlife and birds gather at the waterways to get their life-sustaining water and provide great natural wonders for the onlooker to see. The waterways, with their rich colors and variety of forms, enhance the world around them.
It is impossible for mankind to originate even one minute part of creation. This unfathomable creator and sustainer of life is the one true God who expresses Himself in three persons: God the Father, God the Word and Son—Jesus, and The Holy Spirit. Together they make up the One and only true God. Just look around you, and look closely at the minute parts of creation, and you will see that God IS awesome!
Without God there is no hope, love, meaning, purpose or lasting reward in this life or in eternity. Only God can provide these things for us. So let’s forge ahead and look at the source of eternal treasure. May God get the glory for all He has done, is doing, and will do in the future.
Behold! Our God is truly awesome!
God is Awesome!
“The Lord reigns; let the people tremble!
He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth be moved!
The Lord is great in Zion, and He is high above all the peoples.
Let them praise Your great and awesome name—
He is holy.”
“For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.”
Open In Prayer:
Prayer is simply talking to God and sharing what’s on your heart and mind with Him. It’s a relationship between the two of you. There is not a set procedure for prayer, and it doesn’t have to be fancy or long. Just take a moment to ask God to help you get to know Him and see how awesome He is. Try to spend a few minutes each day speaking to God and reading His word.
Memory Verses (See verses above):
Take a few minutes to try to memorize the verses above. These verses will reassure you whenever you go through difficult times because they remind us of God’s love, power and ability to help and keep us. God will never forsake or leave His children!
Beginning Activity: Your Personal Journal
In the back of this book, in Appendix J, you will find blank journal pages for completing this activity and others in the lessons to come. For today’s activity, think about and list some facts you already know about God’s character, power, and work. If you’re a new believer, list some things you’ve heard about God or perhaps you have some questions you would like answered. Write your list in the journal, and set it aside for future reference. When you are done, move ahead to the lesson introduction.
In this lesson we will see how God displays His awesome power to people living in Old Testament times.
God’s Word tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) God’s Word, is a good, perfect and eternal gift that He has given to us. From God’s word we can learn about Him, the wonderful things He has prepared for those who believe in His Son, Jesus, and the work Jesus accomplished on the cross at Calvary.
God does not lie or change His overall plans like people do because God Himself does not change. God will continue working and displaying His power among the peoples of the earth until His plan is completed.
As we study scripture, we will see that God, also named Yahweh, the God of Israel, is the only true, living God. Though people worship other people, places, or objects, the truth is—these can never be true gods.
In this weeks lesson we learn about an earthly king named Nebuchadnezzar who tries to force his subjects to bow down and worship a large gold image that he had made. The king also tries to force three of God’s people to bow down and worship the gold image too.
The God of Israel commands His people not to worship any idols or false Gods. He is the only true God, and He is jealous for His people. So let’s read about King Nebuchadnezzar and his image of gold and find out what happened to God’s people.
In The Word:
Read Daniel Chapter 3. Then move forward to complete the lesson.
Questions to Consider:
1. What did King Nebuchadnezzar request the people in his provinces do?
2. Why did the three Jewish men refuse to obey the king?
3. What happened to the men when they refused to obey the king’s order?
4. What miracle took place when the three men were in the furnace?
5. In the end, what did King Nebuchadnezzar say about the God of Shadrack, Meschack and Abed-Nego?
Journal Activity: (note: Journal pages not included in this sample lesson.)
For your journal activity choose one of the following to write about:
1. Spend some time meditating on this lesson. List some character traits of God that you noticed in this true story. Write these down in your journal. Also note any thoughts, ideas or special words you received from God in your journal.
2. Imagine that you were one of the onlookers in this crowd of officials. What would you think if you had seen this miracle happen before your very eyes? Would this convince you that the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego was real? Write down any thoughts you might have about this miraculous work of God. Also write down any personal experiences or anything that God brings to your mind such as a Bible verse, an idea or story to share, or a question you may have.
3. Imagine that you are in the same situation as the three Jewish men. What would you be feeling inside? How would you like to be in front of a crowd and have a king asking you questions about your God? Would you go along with the crowd or would you go against the flow? What would God want you to do? Do you think God would be there to help you in the midst of this trial? Write a paragraph about your thoughts in your journal. Be careful not to let the enemy put a guilt trip on you if you think you would fall because of the peer pressure. Many of us have a hard time standing firm during great trials.
Decisions for Life!
In this lesson you read about how the God of Shadrack, Meshach and Abed-Nego saved His servants from an angry king and his fiery furnace. God proved to these people that He is “real” and “powerful.” He has the power to take care of His servants!
You also saw an example of someone setting up a false god when Nebuchadnezzar made the statue and ordered others to worship it. People can set up other people, places, things and activities as false gods or idols in their lives. As Christians, we need to continually check our hearts to see if we have any false gods or idols in our lives. If we find something that we have set up as an idol, we need to compare these false gods to the One true God (the God of Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-Nego) and decide which one we are going to serve. Then, we need to put God in the proper place in our lives—as our first priority.
In the story of Joshua, in Old Testament scripture, he brought the people to the point of making a decision in their lives by saying, “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve (…). But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15)
I challenge each one of you to consider what Joshua said and make a decision as to whom you will serve. Make a decision for your life and stand firm in it! If you haven’t already, I pray that you will choose to serve the one true, living God.
Live The Life!
As Christians we need not only to learn the Word of God, but we also need to learn how to put it into practice in our lives. Choose one of the following activities to put what you’ve learned from this lesson to work in your life:
1. Imagine that you are in the same situation as the three Jewish men. What would you be feeling inside? How would you like to be in front of a crowd and have a king asking you questions about your God? Would you go along with the crowd or would you go against the flow? Do you believe God is big enough to rescue you? Write a paragraph in your journal about your thoughts on this.
2. Reflect back on your life and think about an awesome work God has done for you. Ask God for the courage and boldness to tell others how awesome God is and what He has done on your behalf. Then share your story with someone who needs encouragement!
3. Reflect and consider the priorities in your life. If you have placed something in your life as more important than God, repent and get God back in His rightful place. Then endeavor to keep Him first on your list of priorities.
In the words spoken by King Nebuchadnezzar, I declare to you “[…] there is no other God who can deliver like this.” The God of Shadrach, Meschach and Abed-Nego is indeed an awesome God! If you haven’t already asked God to forgive you of your sins and come and be your Lord and Savior, why not invite Him to become your God now?
Review, Reflect and Respond:
Spend some time reviewing this lesson and write a paragraph or list of the things you’ve learned this week. As you study more about God in the lessons ahead, review your list or paragraph to remind you of the things you’ve learned.
Close in Prayer:
Pray and thank God for His love and protection. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and what He would have you do in response to the material in the lesson.
Awesome Answers for Lesson 1:
1. He wanted the people to bow down and worship His image of Gold.
2. The three Hebrew men were commanded by Yahweh not to bow down and worship idols. They wanted to obey their God over their king.
3. They were bound and put in a fiery furnace.
4. An angel of the Lord came into the fire, unbound them and protected them for as long as they were in the furnace.
5. There is no other God who can deliver like this.
All scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
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