Summary: Sermon based on the question asked by Elisha the prophet after Elijah was received up into heaven.
Where Is The Lord God ?
The name "Elijah" means "Yah is God"
Elijah was one of the greatest prophets of all times. He was a man who possessed the power of God, preached the word of God without compromise, and a mighty man of prayer !
Tonight I want us to look at a question that his sucessor Elisha asks.
V1 tells us that God was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind. Now Elisha knew what was about to happen, and he was determined that he was going to be there when it happened. I don’t know what Elisha was thinking. Was he just curious ? Wanted to make sure if something exciting happened, that he was there to see it ? Or perhaps he thought that if he stayed close enough that the Lord might take him out as well ?
Now I don’t know if Elijah got aggravated with Elisha or not.....but finally in V9-10 Elijah says........"Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so."
Now that’s quite a proposition isn’t it ? Ask what I shall do for thee.......but what’s even more amazing is the petition of Elisha.
What Elisha wants is a extra helping of what Elijah had ! And what Elijah had was a intimate relationship with the Lord God !
In our prayers to God, in our requests, we ask far less than what God wants to give to us ! From a spiritual perspective, we’re far too willing to settle for status quo, to settle for mediocrity.....but Elisha wasn’t willing to settle for just what someone else, he wasn’t content with just a single helping........he wanted a double helping of God !
How bout you.......you willing to settle for less than God wants you to have ? Don’t be content with anything less than what God wants you to have !
Notice the question that Elisha asks after Elijah is taken up, and as he picks up the coat of Elijah
Where is the LORD God of Elijah ?
Joke: Little Johnny
Joke: God’s missing
Joke: Guy being baptized......you found Jesus yet.
That’s a question on a lot of folks mine whether we verbalize it or not.
In a world of some much pain, and conflict........where is the Lord God ?
In a world with some much war, killing, violence, and bloodshed ?
Where is God when it hurts ? Where is God when the marriage goes bad ? Where is God when we lose our job ? Where is God when get sick ? Where is God when we lose a loved one ?
Tonight I want to share with you where the Lord God is ?
I. In Heaven Preparing A Place.
a. It’s a personal place.
Prepare you a place
b. It’s a peaceful place.
c. It’s a permanent place.
II. In Hearts Preserving Peace.
John 14:16-17. 26-27
a. Peace in the midst of storms.
b. Peace in the midst of sickness.
c. Peace in the midst of separation.
d. Peace regardless of the situation.
Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as he have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Illust. Doug McClung
III. In The Harvest Praying For Partners.
Matt 9:37-38 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers re few; Pray ye therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
a. The Problem Of The Multitudes.
b. The Pity Of The Master.
c. The Prayer Of The Master.
IV. In Here Pleading For Penitence.
a. Calling Sinners To Repentance
b. Calling Saints To Return.
c. Challenging Saints To Respond.