May 8, 2016: God is not Santa Claus!

Posted on : May 5th, 2016 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Three Things I believe about God

III. God is not Santa Claus:

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

It’s appropriate for Pastor Dan’s “3 Things I Don’t Believe About God” series that we conclude with the third belief “God is Not Santa Claus.”  Since this Sunday is also the celebration of Mother’s Day, I humbly asked and Pastor Dan graciously agreed to add the subtitle:  “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”  This is especially fitting as we have the opportunity to focus on the revered Prophet Elijah’s mind-boggling decision to fearfully hide in a cave!

What’s so startling about Elijah’s decision is that he’s believed by most to be one of the greatest prophets!  Elijah is one of the few prophets in the Hebrew scriptures who is believed not to have died but to have been welcomed by our creator into heaven riding in a chariot of fire.  So one asks the question, “Why would Elijah withdraw to a cave?”  On this Seventh Sunday in Easter and on this Mother’s Day we will discover how God meets Elijah in the cave and why “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Blessings,

Howard Fauntroy

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

I Kings 19:  9-13 

At that place Elijah came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of God came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah answered, “I have been very zealous for our God, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

The Word of God came to Elijah and said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before God, for God is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before God, but God was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but God was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came in the silence, a voice that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

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