Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we got the ball rolling on our Christmas series, “Momentum.” If it doesn’t sound too Christmas-y, just wait, it’ll make sense!
Today we started right where the potential series left off: with the Israelites being carted off to Babylon because of all the sins they refused to reject. At this point, all the momentum had shifted against God’s people. After years in captivity, some finally returned to Jerusalem, but things weren’t even close to the same, and the people still disobeyed God.
Finally, in the closing of the Old Testament, we see a glimmer of hope with the promise that Elijah would usher in the “day of the Lord.” But after that… Silence. For 400 years, longer than America has been a country, God didn’t speak to his people. All that was felt was silence.
Do you ever feel like God is silent? Do you find yourself asking, “Where are you, God?” What should we do when God is silent?
- Don’t pretend you don’t notice
- Don’t hesitate to express your frustration with God
- Confess known sin in your life
- Inquire about unknown sin
- Listen more intently
- Trust in God more, not less
- Wait patiently, expectantly, and faithfully
Luckily for all of us, God broke the silence with a man named John the Baptist, a man who Jesus referred to as Elijah. We’ll pick up there next week. See you then!
Verses and quotes from the message:
Isaiah 55:8; 1 Corinthians 10:11-12; 2 Kings 17:13-14; Ezra 1:1-4; Malachi 4:5-6; Psalm 22:1-2; Job 30:20; Amos 8:11-12; Daniel 1:17-21; Daniel 2:44; Galatians 4:4a; Matthew 3:1-2
Big Idea: God is always moving, but often in silence
Angels We Have Heard on High – Josh Wilson
Alive – Hillsong Music
Cornerstone – Hillsong Music