Date: April 28, 2013
Speaker: Matthew Sink
Series: Stand Alone Message
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:11–19:12
How hard do we try to listen to God? We get frustrated when we try to talk to others and they are distracted or don’t listen to us... so how do you think God feels when we do the same thing to Him?
Life and its noise are distracting. How can we hear back from God when we can’t (or won’t) focus on what He has to say? (1 Kings 19:1-5) After so much strength and ministry, why did Elijah run? It’s simple: he lost his focus on God. He let his eyes focus on the trouble around him and fear overcame him. He shifted his vertical focus to one that was horizontal. He was defeated. But God had a plan for Elijah. 1 Kings 19:5-9 tells us that Elijah was obedient and followed God’s leading.
Why did God move him so far away? Elijah needed to be isolated to reconnect to God—to hear Him above the noise. Hearing God’s voice takes work and dedication on our part—we must seek it. We are living in a time and place where we are barely ever alone with Him. (1 Kings 19:9-13) God’s voice came to Elijah in a gentle whisper. Can you hear Him?
Will you accept the challenge to “unplug” for one day during this coming week?