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Jun 11, 2017 | Tom Harding

Elijah - (Heat Week 2)

When we find ourselves in the heat we can either allow God to make us better through it or we can become bitter toward God, toward others, toward life.

But in the midst of the heat Elijah still obeys God. That’s how it is in the heat. 
Oftentimes In the heat God asks us to surrender what we have in our hands because he is after our hearts.

1 Kings 17:18 “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

1 King 17:20 Then he cried out to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 

Elijah clings to the character of God.  

Mark 14:36  “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

I don’t think the point of this story is the miracle of this boy’s resurrection but the result of God’s movement.
The point of the tragedies that come in our lives is not for us to see them resolved so much as it is for us to develop resolve.

“God has something in mind. He is deeply and personally committed to restoring humanity. Restoring you. There was a man or a woman he had in mind when he made you. By brining you back to himself through the work of Jesus Christ,  he has established relationship with you. And now, what he’s up to is restoring you. The way that happens is to shape your life “along the same lines as his Son.” To shape you into the image of Jesus. You can be confident of this. It’s a given. Whatever else might be going on in your life, God always has his eye on your transformation.” 
- John Eldredge Walking with God

God redeems the pain and the pressure in our lives by using this heat to shape our character and to show us the stability of his.  

1 Kings 18:39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!” 

God is always redeeming.
And he is taking the pain and the pressure in our lives and shaping a future where our character is better and where others come to know his name.

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