2 Kings 4:39-5:27

2 Kings 4:39-5:27

2 Kings 5:15Vintage message from June 4, 2000. (There is a gap in the recording where the cassette had to be turned over during the message.)

I wonder, how many people within the church today…have no clue what God is doing right under their very nose. The God that they espouse to know, the God that the espouse to honor, the God that blesses them, the God that they tell the world that they turn to, they have no clue what this God is actually doing. They have no clue the power, the strength, and the authority of our God, but yet, they show up to “do church” when it’s convenient for them…

Men, in their superstition, expect God to perform “magic” rather that trusting God to do what God does best: to simply love and care and heal and meet the needs of those who He loves. Do you understand that? That God loves us. He created us. He created us for a purpose; that He wants to interact with us. He went to great lengths [so] that we might have relationship with Him. There’s nothing magical about it. You don’t have to pray a certain way… Do you realize you don’t have to get down on your knees. You don’t have to fall on your face. You don’t have to read a verse ten times and spin around in circles. You don’t have to go lock yourself in a dark room. How many other things have I heard that these great men of God will write in books that if you do “this” [then] you will be more spiritual! …But God simply asks of us to ask Him. Plain and simple. He is the God Who created. He is the God Who is in control. But, we are so used to begging and pleading, expecting “magic,” expecting incantations, that we have lost sight of how simple God’s love truly is. We make it so difficult. Oftentimes so difficult that we fail to see the miracles when they happen around us, and oftentimes, even fail to allow God to do the miracle because it wasn’t done with some kind of magic incantation. It wasn’t prayed right. It wasn’t said right. It wasn’t offered right… And it has nothing to do with these things. It has everything to do with the fact that the God Who created us loves us and wants to interact with us…

“If I can’t have the miracle my way, if God is not going to do it the way I want Him to do it, well, I’m going home!” And you know, I know a lot of Christians who are like that. “If I can’t have it my way, God, well, I’m going to go home. Oh yeah, God, I believe in You, but I believe You are there for my beck and call; that You are to do things the way I want them done. Sure, I don’t believe in Santa Claus because, God, You’re the One Who’s supposed to give me everything I ask for. You’re the One Who’s supposed to do it the way I want it done, and if You’re not going to do it, I’m going to stomp off in a huff.” I see Christians time and time again stomp off in a huff because they have not gotten what they want, the way they want it…

And this is where, I believe, the church today needs to sit up and take notice. How much has God done in our lives? How much has the Holy Spirit of God done for us? But yet, we…, after seeing all that God can do, [after we] experience the love of God, still have selfish motives. We still seek and serve God not for the caring of others… We have, as the church, as those who should be believing and trusting in God so much that we love those around us, we have become…a very selfish people living with wrong motives. And God goes to great lengths to show us His love, to show us His power, to show us His authority, but yet we ignore it…

And [this] is another major, major error, I believe, we make in the church: we either think that God doesn’t see what we’re doing, or we have come to the conclusion that He doesn’t care, but God does care, and He will expose us for who we are… Do you realize that the things that you do, the things you say, who you are today, will affect not only your children, but possibly your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren, and maybe many, many generations beyond that?…

God will give you all you need. God desires and loves to give His children the things that they need, but He also wants us to seek Him with right motives. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. First. And then the things that you need will be added to you. But understand, when you’re seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, when you’re asked to walk away from those very same things that He has blessed you with, you’re able to look beyond the things and see God and move away from the things into the kingdom of God, if you’re seeking first that kingdom… We need to be a church of people who are different from the world, not looking out for number one, but looking out for everybody else around us.

Pastor Dave Elkins