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When is God with Us? Thoughts for the Upcoming Sermon

Have you ever been disappointed by God? Have you ever felt like you did everything God asked you to do, and God did keep up God’s end of the deal? When is God going to show up?

Our theme this year at Grace is God With Us. We are following the Narrative Lectionary. Last week Pastor Mark framed the theme by asking Where is God with Us? He talked about Solomon’s temple and the theology of place. A few weeks before that I edited the theme and asked Is God Really with Us? as we looked at the story of manna in the wilderness. This week I will be preaching on the story of Elijah on Mt. Horeb found in 1 Kings 19:1-18. The question for this week is When is God with Us?

Elijah asked some questions about God’s timing in our story. He had just had an amazing mountain top experience where he trusted in the God of Israel and God defeated the prophets of Baal in a spectacular firestorm. Elijah was the victor! But then things didn’t work right. The arch-villain of the story–Jezebel–was not defeated, she was just really mad. She threatened to kill Elijah. What does Elijah do? He runs for his life. He is afraid, alone, and convinced that he is the last hope for Israel and all is lost.

Elijah encounters God at Mt. Horeb and he is very surprised at what he finds. Read the story to find out what happens. My question for anyone who may be reading this blog post is this: When does God usually show up in your life? Is it in a big, powerful moment of victory or exhilaration? Is it in a quiet moment of meditation? Or, do you wonder if God ever actually shows up?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. When is God with Us?

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Comments
  • Terry K October 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    If I had to chose between victory and meditation as to when God usually shows up in my life, I would have to say in meditation. “Be still and know that I am GOD”. But may I suggest a third way, in that God seems to show up more when we are suffering, though we may not see it. Or as Richard Rohr says; “God is to be found in all things, even and most especially in the painful, tragic, and sinful things, exactly where we do not want to look for God”.

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