Emilio Chaviano – Killian United Methodist Church

Friends,

When you consider the ultimate purpose of your life, it basically boils down to one thing. There was a man long ago by the name of Shaphat. He had a son you might have heard about. He was Elisha and he was a prophet of Israel. When you work as a prophet it is essential to know where God is and how to get his messages. It is the only way to keep the job. But Elisha was looking for God in all the wrong places, just like the old country and western song about looking for love. But back to our friend Eli. He looked in the powerful wind, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. Then came fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. (1 Kings 19) Not a good day in the life of a poor prophet desperate to find God and to keep his employment. In so many ways it sounds like those of us who seek amazing, powerful and compelling religious experiences. We also look for God indirectly in relationships of all sorts, jobs, accumulation of wealth or even popularity. True, we don’t know God is who we are looking for, but that really is the bottom line of all of our searching. We want evidence. Elisha was looking for compelling evidence for God. The same story tells us that finally the word of the Lord came as a «gentle whisper.» Think about the winds, earthquakes and fires of your life. I am not saying that it is not possible to hear the Lord in those, but as with Eli, the word of the Lord usually comes as very soft and tender whispers. Before John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote their famous song, the Lord said to Elisha and to each of us….»listen, do you want to know a secret? Closer, let me whisper in your ear.» Listen carefully today and find out the secret of your life!

Peace and Grace,

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