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Not Just for Retirees on a Wednesday

July 25, 2018

Picking up where we left off yesterday with our restlessness

A. W. Tozer is someone whose writings I’m happy to recommend to you. (Thank you David Bryan for turning me on to him when we were in school together!)

For example, he writes of an innate and God-given “spiritual receptivity” we all have. It’s there.

St. Paul talks about us “being led by God’s Holy Spirit” (Romans 8:14). It can happen.

At the church where I’m happily on staff part time doing “Visitation and Other Good Stuff” as my business card says, I’m preaching an intermittent sermon series on Elijah. (It’s so intermittent as to be like one sermon every couple of months.) Not long ago we thought together about this famous scene —

A great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord God 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.

When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  (1st Kings 19:11b-13)

— Is your restlessness blown in by a great and powerful wind, or the result of the shakings of an earthquake in your life, or by the emergency conditions of an unexpected fire of some nature? Don’t answer too quickly.

But do fine-tune your “spiritual receptivity” and listen for God’s gentle whisper today.


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