June 30 – Thunder and Silence

How does God speak to us?

At Mount Horeb Elijah did not hear God in a storm, nor in an earthquake, nor in a fire, but in the sound of sheer silence.

When Elijah needed food and drink in the desert, did God use the messenger sent by Jezebel to kill Elijah? He could have been faithful to the LORD, while conscripted to the Queen, then when only the LORD watched obeyed the truth. Have you experienced God speaking to you through an enemy?

Elijah told the LORD he was the only prophet in the land, having ignored his servant whom he had left in Bersheba, having ignored the 100 prophets whom Obadiah had hidden in caves, and unaware of 7,000 faithful people in Israel whom God trusted. When has God reminded you of supporters?

I will have more to say about 1 Kings 19:1-15 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 30th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

When I went to camp for the first time, my mother ordered special labels printed with my name which she ironed into all of my clothes. Similarly I scratched my initials into all my camping equipment. These labels would insure that, should I misplace anything, others would know they belonged to me.

When we baptize a child, God puts his seal on that person, his name tag, claiming that child as belonging to God and that God will keep them for ever.