1 Kings 19
We often think that when we experience God in our lives we think it is a thunderbolt in our lives. We more often experience God in a gentle whisper
The World’s Impatience
- Ezekiel 12:22 – Where is this big thing God is going to do? Really they should have repented.
- Jeremiah 17:15 – Where is God?
- 2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-9 – Where is God to make things right? The Lord works in his time frame out of love for us.
God is Patient
- Luke 9:54 – Jesus says God is patient.
- 1 Tim. 2:3-4 – Pray that earthly leaders act as God wants so that people have a chance to follow him.
- Ezekiel 18:23-32 – God s loving he doesn’t enjoy punishment.
- Matt. 18:14 – God wants all.
Man’s Response to God’s Patience
- Isaiah 57:11- God’s silence is because he is patient for people to repent.
- Luke 19:42-44 – Just after Jesus entered Jerusalem he wept because they didn’t see God had come to them.
- Matt. 12:18-19 – Jesus was quiet and gentle in his coming. He didn’t want to be crowned earthly king or lead a military coup. They didn’t recognize him.
God speaks through his word, through other Christians, and through people who have gone before us.
- Jeremiah 17:5-8 – If we trust in ourselves we can miss the truly good things when they come. If we trust in God we can know peace and joy even in bad times. We are never shaken because the anchor is deep.
- John 14:27 – Jesus gives peace that isn’t dependent on the world or our circumstances.
God wants us to look for him and to find him.
Our Duty- Seek God
- Heb. 11:6 – Earnestly seek God.
- Matt. 7:7-8; Matt. 22:37 – Ask, seek and find God. Love God. Put out the effort.
Why do people fail to recognize God?
- We have wrong motives – be sure to truly seek God.
- Only seeking casually – work at finding him.
- Seeking without trust in God – have faith even in tough times.
1 Chron. 28:9 – God knows your heart. Seek him and you will him.
–Chuck Huffine, 4-25-10, a.m.