1 Kings 19
Focus Verse: After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. (12)
Are we too busy, too tired, or too noisy to hear God speaking to us? It is important that we sometimes get away from others and get alone so that we can meet God and He can meet us. We will not always find Him in big events or among large crowds (though He can and often does speak in those situations), but in quiet and solitude.
1 Kings 20
Focus Verse: The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.'” (28)
We can’t box God into what we think He is. He isn’t just the God of some of the earth, but all of the earth. He created everything in it and controls everything by His power.
Focus Verse: Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. (36)
David did what God put him on this earth to do. He fulfilled His purpose by serving his own generation. Because he served his own generation, David’s life and legacy is still impacting us and countless others today. We can’t go back and influence past generations. God didn’t make us to live back then. He made us to live right now – at this present moment and in this present day – for a reason. Our existence is not a mistake. We can fulfill the purpose that God put us on this earth to do by serving our generation for Christ.
Rick Warren said: “The truth is you can’t serve God in any other generation except your own! You may want to—but it’s only wishful thinking. We cannot bring back the past. Whether we like it or not, we must minister to people in the culture as it really is—not in some past form that we may have idolized in our minds.”