What are You Doing Here? (Cornerstone)
Jun 3, 2018 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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- Looking back, how have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life?
- Despite all that, do you ever fall into worry about tomorrow?
- Elijah tried to hear God in the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, but God was not in the noise. What noise do you tune into to try to hear God?
- How are you practicing listening to the whisper of God?
What do you do after you’ve called down fire from heaven, summoned rain from dry skies and skewered the false prophets of Israel?
At least that’s what Elijah did.
Despite an epic display of God’s power through him, Elijah gathered his robes and ran for his life.
This week in worship, Paul and Matt wrapped up Elijah: Force of Nature by looking at one of the most famous conversations with God in history:
Elijah came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only am left, and they seek my life to take it away.” And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold the Lord passed by, and a great strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:8-13
How did Elijah respond? And why does it matter to you and me right now, this summer?
Tune into Paul or Matt’s message to hear more.
This week in your First 15, take time to re-read 1 Kings 17-19 slowly. Read it in smaller chunks. What stands out to you as you read? What surprises you? Bothers you? What do you notice?
How might God be speaking to you through this story?