The longer I study the Bible the more I sense that the people in the Bible, with the exception of our Lord, were remarkably like us. They saw God act in history much as we do but they often forgot or wondered why God didn’t act more dramatically in their times of need. A friend in a Sunday School class I taught once asked me how dumb these people were to worship false gods when the scripture was filled with stories of God’s power being evident in their lives. If we are honest with ourselves that is probably true of us as well.
This Sunday we will look to one of the most dramatic personalities in all the Bible. Elijah had won a tremendous victory in the name of Yahweh, God of Israel. He had single-handedly defeated 450 prophets of a false god. One would expect that Elijah would never have a moment of doubt again. However, Elijah’s humanity shines through when one person threatens him, even though he had defeated 450 at a time.
We will trace Elijah’s steps from one mountain to another on Sunday as we consider how we might avoid “the Elijah complex.” I promise you will identify with some aspects of his life and God’s work in and through him.
Thanks for your faithful attendance this summer. I appreciate your fidelity in stewardship as well. Be sure to be here when you are in town. Your presence is a gift to your friends in our church!
See you Sunday,