#1 – School Year Strength

How is online school going?
Are you able to get into a routine?
How are your time management skills going?
I know for me time management skills has been a bit challenging as I have to balance work and being available to technical issues. As a family, we have to kind of relearn each other’s new schedule and communicating those things to one another without the anxiety that seems to build around this new online environment.
Do you feel any stress or anxiety level in your home since the start of school? Well thankfully, God knows how we’re built; and He has a way of turning tiredness into strength!

SCRIPTURE – The what

Isaiah 40:28-31
28 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. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 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.

OBSERVATION

From the bible verse above, discuss:

  • anything that describes God
  • What does it say about us as youth?
  • What does call us to do in times of our weariness?
  • What is God’s promise to us if we look to Him?
  • What will we experience as a result of God’s promise?

APPLICATION – The so what

Isaiah 40:28-31 sounds like God’s back-to-school passage! Look at the descriptions of God that you found in these verses.

  • Which is the most meaningful to you as you think about the start of a school year?

This passage shows you that God knows you will get tired and weary and gives you several specific promises to those who hope in the Lord in verse 31.

  • Which one that you think you’ll rely on the most throughout the school year?

What does “hope in the Lord” look like?

    • hoping He will make everything turn out OK
    • trusting He is with me no matter what
    • knowing heaven awaits me no matter what happens on this earth

PRAYER

Isaiah promised that when we put our hope in God, we will renew strength. As you navigate the pressures of a school year and the new “norm”, it is inevitable that you will get tired, frustrated and maybe a little down because you miss your friends and who knew, going to school. Let’s pray.

Dear God, You have promised to renew us when we are tired, to give us strength when we feel weak, to give us hope when we feel otherwise. We trust you God and we hold onto the good news that you are faithful and always with us as we get back into school under new conditions.  Be with us over the coming weeks as we all – students, teachers, administration, doctors, and leaders of the district and state – continue to evaluate what is going on and many of us transitioning yet to further new processes of attending school in a hybrid model.  Lord, you say you don’t give us more than we can handle.  We hold onto that promise and humbly walk with you. Thank you. Thank you for loving us and guiding us and walking with us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.