The history of the Jewish people teach us an important lesson in leadership. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter who is in power, God is on His throne. Does the following statement describe your faith?
No matter who is president,
Jesus is my leader.
The book of Lamentations ends with four powerful words for everyone who has ever felt distant from God. If you truly believe that Jesus Christ is your leader, then you will consistently pray these four prayers:
- God, I need restoration.
- God, I need to return to You.
- God, I need renewal in my life.
- God, do not reject me.
1. Why do you think so many people placed so much hope upon this presidential election? Why do millions of Americans seem to look to their government as the answer to their problems? What can you do to help your friends, co-workers, neighbors see that the government is not the answer and instead the answer is found in God?
2. God is the source of our restoration and hope (Read Psalm 51:12; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 6:1). Since we benefit from God’s restoration, we should also work towards restoring others who are far from God and need help. Who could you start praying for so that they experience restoration with God?
3. Read Isaiah 11:6-9. Discuss what the phrase “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord” means. What things will change (for the good) when everyone and everything genuinely knows God?
4. Discuss the characteristics of a “renewed heart” and a “renewed mind” (Ephesians 4:23; Psalm 51:10; Isaiah 40:31; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Colossians 3:10; Titus 3:5). What does this renewal look like in our everyday life?
Applying the Bible
5. Do you need to return to God? Have you drifted away from Him and you need to surrender your will to His will? What specific step can you take this week to show God that you are turning back to Him?
6. Do you remember what it was like when you first became a Christian? If you need refreshed, pray every day for God to take you back to when you had a fervent love for God (Revelation 2:4).