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Summary: Jesus says His sheep hear His voice. Yet many Christian never hear Him. This sermon will help them develop the listening habit.

Listening For God’s Voice

1 Kings 19:1-12

[1]And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword.

[2] Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."

[3] And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

[4] But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!"

[5] Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat."

[6] Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.

[7] And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you."

[8] So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.

[9] And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

[10] So he said, "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."

[11] Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces 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;

[12] and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

A man was having difficulty communicating with his wife

and decided she was becoming hard of hearing.

So he decided to conduct a test without her knowing about it.

One evening he sat in a chair on the far side of the room.

Her back was to him and she could not see him.

Very quietly he whispered, "Can you hear me?"

There was no response.

Moving a little closer, he asked again, "Can you hear me now?"

Still no reply.

Quietly he edged closer and whispered the same words,

but still no answer.

Finally, he moved right in behind her chair and said,

"Can you hear me now?"

To his surprise and embarrassment, she responded with irritation,

"For the fourth time, yes!"

My wife Pat often accused me of not listening to her!

That’s not good for a marriage.

It’s also not good for a Christian to not listen to God.

So I have to ask this question: Are you listening to God?

Do you hear God’s voice when He speaks to you?

Today’s Scripture takes us back

to about 800 years before the birth of Jesus.

Elijah the Prophet is in trouble with King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.

When Ahab married Jezebel,

she brought her pagan religion

and started to impose it on the people of Israel.

God raised up Elijah to preach against pagan worship.

One day, Elijah had a showdown with 450 prophets of Baal.

The challenge was to see whose God would act when called upon.

Of course, God did and all 450 prophets of Baal were killed.

Upon hearing this, Jezebel put a price out on Elijah’s head

and promised to kill Elijah within 24 hours.

So Elijah flees to Beersheba in the wilderness to save his own life.

At this point, Elijah wants to give up.

He’s afraid for his life.

He sits down under a broom tree and asks God to let him die.

Elijah was a great prophets and had the most effective ministry.

Yet, he reaches a point where he’s ready to give up.

I know what that’s like.

There have been times I have wanted to give up in ministry.

I’ve had times when I wanted to quit

when people were attacking me and spreading malicious lies.

The Good News is Elijah didn’t give up.

God spoke to Elijah and gave him what he needed to continue on.

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