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“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11b-12 (NIV)

The above scripture verses describe God meeting Elijah at a time Elijah had given up hope and was certain that God had deserted him and that his fellow believers had all deserted God. He went into the wilderness and sat under a broom bush. He prayed that he would die. Elijah felt alone and afraid. It is hard to understand why Elijah felt this way. He had just come from seeing God work in a miraculous way in several circumstances. These were dramatic manifestations of God’s presence and action in Elijah’s world. Elijah had experienced dramatic miracles all through his life, but now he was discouraged. He gave up and quit looking for God to act.

We have been studying Esther in our Sunday sermons and will continue through this month. Esther and her uncle knew the stories of their people and how God had saved them over and over, but they gave up and became like the faithless people around them. In both of these stories, God made his presence known in very quiet and very subtle ways. Elijah was looking for the spectacular, and he was sure that God would speak to him from the wind or the earthquake or the fire. But God chose to speak in a gentle whisper. Esther had given up expecting God to act. God got her attention through a strange set of circumstances that involved a murder plot, racial hatred, and many secrets coming to light.

God met both of these Bible characters very quietly and very personally. He knew their motives and their circumstances. He cared about their needs. He came to comfort them and encourage them. God does the same for us. Sometimes, the circumstances of our lives are overwhelming and the problems seem insurmountable, but if we keep looking and keep our hearts open, we will begin to sense God’s love and presence with us. We will begin to see that he is not silent after all, but he cares deeply for us. He is constantly extending his love to us.

Join us in worship each Sunday in May!

 

 

2021 May theme med

 

 

May 2
Sermon – “The Girl with Two Names”
Scripture – Esther 2:7-18


May 9
Sermon – “Resistance”
Scripture – Esther 2:13-3:5


May 16
Sermon – “The Plot”
Scripture – Esther 3:6-15


May 23 – Graduate Recognition
Sermon – “It Is What It Is”
Scripture – Galatians 6:4-9 (NLT)


May 30
Sermon – “The Silence of God”
Scripture – Esther 4

 


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