Isaiah 46:3-4 (NLT)
3 “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. 4 I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
WHEN LIFE IS HARD, GOD SAYS HE’S WITH YOU.
Focus of Teaching for This Series
You’ve probably heard of “escape rooms”—you know, those places where you get locked in a room with your friends and then try to escape by solving puzzles and secret codes? Some people love them and can’t wait to solve the puzzles, while others count down the minutes until they’re over. Just like an escape room, we all handle difficult and painful situations differently . . . but often we look for some type of relief. Maybe it’s a Netflix binge, or gaming, or spacing out while listening to Spotify. Maybe it’s staring at a phone and scrolling for hours. Whatever it is, we all have a favorite distraction— something we get lost in. Something that helps us escape reality. But the trouble is, these good and fun distractions sometimes lead to hurting others, hurting ourselves, or damaging our relationship with God. In this series, we’ll look at how to deal with difficult situations in our lives. As we do, we just might find that God’s inviting us to stop avoiding and escaping hard times, and instead, face our troubles head-on. And maybe we’ll see that through our struggles, God builds our character, provides us with comfort, and calls us to share that comfort with others.
When life hurts, what can I do to escape to God instead of from Him?
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Just like contestants in an escape room, all of us handle pressure in different ways. Some of us curl up in the corner and wait for it to end, and some of us get to work cracking the code. Likewise, when it comes to handling difficult or painful situations, we all have different ways of trying to escape. Some of us respond to hurt with anger. Some of us become reckless. Or maybe we just run and hide. This week, we’ll focus on the truth that God wants us to escape to Him, not from Him.