HANDOUT FOR SERMON: God and His People, and “Umbrellas?” Manchester, July 9th, 2023, 9:30 am.
Introduction. Inventions are amazing to me. There are people in the world who have a great ability to look at the problem, a challenge, and struggle and sit down and design some object to assist and help us through that challenge. Some inventions are very small, of little consequence, and some inventions are VERY SMALL and of great consequence! Most people think umbrellas were originally for protecting people from rain but that’s not how they first came about. They were originally used to shade noblemen in ancient China. This is why the origin of the name is related to the shadow not to the rain.
The name “umbrella” comes from the Latin word “umbra” which means shade or shadow. The Japanese word for umbrella has an interesting story. The Japanese word for umbrellas is Kasa. A person under shelter = an umbrella! The umbrella was invented over 4,000 years ago and used in early civilizations in Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China. They were initially employed as parasols to provide shade from the sun. They eventually offered protection from the sun and rain. The English word “umbrella” comes from the Italian word “ombrella”, which traces its origins from the Latin word “umbrella”, which is then derived from “umbra”. These Latin terms translate to shade or shadow. In our lesson today I want to use the invention and purpose of the umbrella to help us understand the nature of God more. I want to help you build a greater and stronger faith in the work, power and assistance God offers you IF ONLY YOU would see things more clearly and put yourself under His ever strong, powerful and all reaching protection!
LESSON: 1.THE REALITY OF FEAR. As God’s people, we all struggle with fear. Fear of failure, fear of others, fears within ourselves, fear of death and terminal illness, etc.
- An unpleasant feeling triggered by the perception of danger real or imagined.
- An unpleasant emotion caused by belief that someone or something is dangerous, or likely to cause pain, disappointment or a threat.
- Being anxious.
- The opposite of fear is calmness, confidence, trust, courage, self-discipline, power, love, joy and sound judgment.
- Where is your trust, confidence, courage, power, joy and sound judgment?
Scripture about trust: Psalm 28:7, Proverbs 3:5-6. Jeremiah 17:7-8, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 13:5,
Scripture about confidence, courage, power and joy: 2 Timothy 1:7, Jeremiah, 17:7, Philippians 4:13, Colossians 1:29, 1 John 4:4 John 15:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:1
2.Under the Shadow of God’s wings (protection for you). What is God wanting you to understand with the concept of being under the shadow of His wings? How do you put yourself there? Why would you want to be there? What benefits are promised there?
Scripture: Psalm 91:4, Psalm 17:8, Psalm 32:7, Psalm 57:1, Psalm 61:4, Psalm 63:
3.Dwelling in the presence of God always (acceptance & security). The Bible speaks of dwelling in the shelter of the highest God or in the presence of God. What does God mean with such a description? Being in the shadow of His hand or covered with God’s hand, why would I want to be there? We need a constant reminder that God is near!
Scripture: Psalm 91:1-2, 12, Isaiah 49:2, Isaiah 51:16, Isaiah 25:4
4.Why Don’t We Keep “The Umbrella of God” with us at all times? It is said that I do not always think before I react! I act so quickly, react so fast before stopping and thinking deeply about “What God would advise me to do?
Let us stop trying to fix everything. Let us stop trying to fix everybody else. Let us stop, think, pray and then grab the “umbrella of God” and “our refuge” in a time of need to help our troubled souls.
The problem for It is trusting fully in God. I want to act and act now and not “wait of the Lord!” We struggle with trusting God 100% and therefore have all kinds of expectations and demands of ourselves and of others.
Scripture: Psalm 27:14, Psalm 33 20-22, Lamentations 3:25, Isaiah 30:18
5.GOD IS A GOD OF COMFORT & HELP. 2 Corinthians 1:1-7
How do you plan to handle afflictions and struggles being “in Christ?” Comfort and afflictions are contrasted together in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. God wants to comfort you and help you. He wants you to move in closely towards Him, let Him hold you and give you what you need! We need comfort because of all the affliction we will have because we are Christians! Affliction comes from the word: “pressure.” That is exactly how you feel when you are afflicted! The weight of the world and sin is pushing on you and the “pressure” starts to affect you.
WE MUST LEARN TO TRUST IN GOD AND LIVE IN THAT TRUST!!! Psalm 28:7, Proverbs 3:5-6. Jeremiah 17:7-8, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 13:5.
Be aware of the ever presence of God as an umbrella over us at all times! What an amazing promise and blessing this is.