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Advent 1 November 30, 2009

Posted by Warren in Advent.
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Yes, I know Advent started yesterday, but I goofed. In preparing to preach this past weekend, I totally neglected to even think about Advent until today. And that actually ties in with today’s Advent thought. I’m doing Advent devotionals this year through Following The Star, and so far I really like the format.

The text came from 1 Kings 19:11-12:

And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.

My sermon yesterday was on being thankful, and especially the things we have to be thankful for that we often overlook. One thing I mentioned that we should always be thankful for is the idea that God is always near us. And in today’s Scripture, that really comes through.

Elijah is mad, he feels like nobody appreciates him, everyone hates him, and he’s complaining to God. God tells him to go outside of the cave he’s hiding in, and stand before the Lord. God passes by, but it’s not in any of the ways that we would think of God passing by. Great wind? Not God. Fire? Nope. Earthquake? Nope.

God was in the silence. It was after all the turmoil and commotion, after everything that happened to Elijah, that the prophet really saw God.

This time of year, it’s tough to hear the silence. In fact, we drown out the silence, with our music and the chaos and the shopping and the parties. We’re celebrating the birth of our Savior, but we don’t celebrate with Him. And I’m not even talking about the whole “war on Christmas” thing –I’m talking about Christians who know what the holiday is all about who let everything else get in the way. We haven’t had Christmas taken away from us — we let it go.

We need to start looking for God in the silence. And to do that, we need to stop sometimes long enough to actually hear the silence. And when we do, we’ll actually find God there waiting for us, saying “It’s about time.”

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