Sermon: (September 13, 2015) “A Life Interrupted”
Date: September 13, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: Nehemiah 2:1-9
When God wants to do a great thing, he interrupts the most unlikely people to do it.
The weight of a burden has value because it holds us in place when our flesh would want us to run.
“We must always be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.
For if we don’t, we don’t just miss our moment we miss God.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“To lose track of the ultimate questions at the expense of the immediate questions is to risk losing track of who we really are inside and where we are really going with our lives.”
– Frederick Buechner
God is always the beginning place for you finding your place: your heart being moved by what moves His heart is where it all starts.
If God would place that burden on his heart then God would have to make the way for it to be relieved.
If God would place that burden on his heart then God would have to make the way for it to be relieved. Don’t push against the pace of grace.
But where the purposes of God are at work the outcomes are always ensured.
Could it be that this “exclamation point prayer” is only effective because of the previous paragraphs and pages invested?
If you feel more than a little foolish, kind of weak, lowly, and despised by this culture, as if you didn’t even exist, than cheer up: God has you right where he wants you in order to use you!
1.I wonder if God interrupted your life or mine, would we ignore it or respond to it?
2.I wonder if we really are looking to be used?
3.I wonder why it is that God in His providence has placed you and me where we are in life today?
4.I wonder if God tapped you or me on the shoulder if we would ask God if we could do something else instead?