2 Kings 6:24-7:3

2 Kings 6:24-7:3

2 Kings 7:1Vintage message from June 18, 2000.

Isn’t it amazing that we believe more in the sin we want to commit, we trust more in our own selves than the God Who created us? But yet, when we find ourselves in the depths of trouble, when our sin has so corrupted our flesh that now we’re suffering desperately because of our own sin, then all of a sudden we want to trust in God? We want to turn to Him and say, “God, now bail me out”? And you know, for most people that’s all it is, is a bail out. It is not, “God, I love You. Thank You for loving me.” It’s, “Wow, You’re God. I’ve heard You’re powerful, and I’m in trouble. Now, get me out of my trouble. That will prove to me that You’re a powerful God.” And that’s what it becomes for so many people. God is just a token in their life that they give lip service to only when it’s convenient for them, when it gets them out of trouble…

This is the power of God but, because of our human nature, I don’t care how many miracles God does, let me tell you something, miracles do not give you relationship with the Lord. Just because a miracle happens in your life, just because God takes you out of one sin or frees you from a sin, just because He cleans your life up in one area, does not mean you have relationship with Him. God loves those Whom He’s created. God will go out of His way even for the vilest of sinner in order to convince the sinner of His love, but it does not mean they have relationship…

If you are a believer, if you believe in God, you better be standing up and standing out. It does no good to hide your faith, because a hidden faith is no faith at all. If you believe in God, people should know it. We are told to be witnesses, we are told to be examples, and if you believe in God today but you’re hiding it and not letting anybody know that you love and trust in God, how can God use you or work through you to make a difference in anybody’s life?…

How many times have you found yourself praying for something, desiring something, and then not getting it, and then finding yourself mad at God? “Well, I prayed, and God did nothing!” I have to say a number of times in my life I’ve found myself in that place, where all of a sudden I’ve become angry at God because He did not give me or do for me what I wanted, when I wanted it, how I wanted it, simply because I wanted it… Let me tell you, oftentimes when you’re in a disaster or when you’re struggling, that struggle and that hard time is from the Lord. I won’t deny it; that God does, from time to time, use disaster to get our attention. He’s not picking on us, and He’s not mean to us. He does what He does because He loves us, and if our flesh has to become uncomfortable for a short time in order to get our attention, He will make our flesh uncomfortable…

God is merciful. God will go out of His way to be merciful, especially after He’s gone out of His way to get our attention and He knows that we’ve been in pain. When we’ve suffered some, He will go out of His way to show us His mercy and His love. How dare we then turn and question Him, “Can it really happen?” And especially for us who say we believe in God, and it happens far too often in our lives. And this is where we have to check our hearts. How many times have we told people that we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we believe in the God Who created heaven and earth, we believe in the power and the strength of our God, but yet when God wants to do something in our lives we question Him. “God, how can You do this? You have all the power in the world to work in that man’s life, but not in this man’s life. Yeah, You may be able to perform a miracle in those peoples’ lives, but how can you ever perform a miracle in my life?” Our arrogance and our stupidity oftentimes overrides the common sense that shows us that God has performed the miracle so many times in the past that He is able to perform the miracle again. He wants to perform the miracle again… If we will trust God, we will see the miracle happen. There is nothing, nothing in our lives that is too great for God to handle. There is no disaster, no hardship, no hard time that we face that God can not deal with.

Pastor Dave Elkins