“Then he (Elijah) was told, Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by. A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasnt in the wind, after the wind an earthquake, but God wasnt in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasnt in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.” – 1 Kings 19: 11-12.The Message.
I’m drowning….no not in water…but by the busyness of the start of a new ministry year. Our theme for the first four months in our junior high ministry centers around “PURSUING GOD”. I really don’t feel like I’m doing a very good job in pursuing God in my own life…so how do I challenge as group of grade 7 students and their leaders and families to do the same?
The answer to this question is going to hit me hard in the next few days! I am aware that our grade 8 pastor (Brody…coolest due ever!) is going to be sharing about cutting out the noise in our lives. The fact is…is that noise can be both good and bad. As Im writing this I’m sitting in my office…contemplating many ministry initiatives while listening to Starfield blaring in my ear…so you get the idea of good and bad noise. It’s easy to beat ourselves up…and think somehow because we are bombarded with noise that God is somehow disappointed with us. I believe that even in the midst of the craziness…He loves us passionately… God is proud of us. He loves us and wants the best for us.
In recently hearing Phil Vischer (The Co-creator of Veggie Tales)he states that It was “more about God and me than my Big Idea”. That vision was more based on revelation than on purpose statements. When people dont depend upon God the vision ceases. Proverbs 29:18a says,”Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”
As we start this new school year… may we be people of revelation, basing that revelation on Gods Word and listening to Gods noise rather than our own. God is the audience we are to be pleasing.