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God At Work

God At Work

PROBLEM

  • Specifically Adventus (Advent) referred to a visitation by the emperor—an event that required people to make special preparations.
  • Zechariah didn’t believe that God would answer long-forgotten prayers in unexpected ways. Secretly disappointed and afraid to admit it. Do what supposed to do, never really believing that God is at work
  • We all ask, “does God really still care about what’s happening in my life and in the lives of those around me?”
  • God often leaves indicators that he is at work, if we just keep our eyes and hearts open for them.

GOD

  • God prepares our minds and hearts for this story. So he begins with the story of Zechariah and Elisabeth.
Luke 1:11-17
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
  • Zacharia needs a sign, something that will help him to believe. He is given one, but it comes as a punishment;
  • Zacharias has been praying for a miracle. God says, “Prayer granted.” God can’t do that.” “God wasn’t wasting his time when he sent me. I’m not wasting my time by coming, so don’t you waste my time with that question!”  Convince Liz, charades

APPLICATION

  • Underestimating God is just as serious as rebelling against God. Look at the gospels—the thing that frustrated Jesus the most was a lack of faith.
  • We are literally talking about an 80-year-old woman going into the bathroom with a stick, and coming out with a plus sign.
  • When you read the Bible do you ever see yourself in it? Do you feel like the illustration is about you or the letter addressed to you?  Because in an important way, it is.
  • God takes care of everybody and God blesses everybody.

VISION

  • When we are in darkness, God is preparing a light that will lead us into the way of peace. And God is preparing us to be a light that leads others to peace.
  • Often the best life lessons: experience things that drive us to him and to his promises. God will bring his promise to pass.  But not in the way you expect.
  • Illustration: Stem cell transplant after high risk surgery. 50% success. Knew no one else. Cried at table. Lady from Egypt. “We don’t have anyone here from Egypt.” He went on to say, “We get stories like this all the time here at MD Anderson. You’ve just experienced an angel sighting!”
  • “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). John’s mission to be a source of stimulating others to find God is something we all can seek to follow.