When we came home from our first trip to Korea, we were delayed in Chicago on the last leg of the journey. The delay plus the time change somehow made for a 30 hour or so day! At the end of that, once we were home and in bed, we were very weary!
It's one thing to be weary. It's another thing altogether to be the source of this weariness. This week, we will look at Malachi's warning about how we can weary God and how we can live so we cause God to delight in us.
Many years ago, I remember overhearing my co-worker in a very heated call. We worked in a call center and he was one of a couple of people that never raised his voice. On this occasion, however, I heard him say, "But you told me that if I applied for the promotion, it would be mine." Now, I don't know if his side of the story is true or not, but it was pretty clear from where he sat, he felt as though he was betrayed.
Treachery is a horrible thing. It is even worse when the person who is affected is faithful no matter what. The hard part is that we deal treacherously with God all the time. We say we will do one thing and then we end up doing something else. The cure, thankfully, isn't that hard. Join us this Sunday as we resume our series in Malachi by looking at the topic of faithful living before God.
This week we are delighted that Casey Danley will join us and share with us "Greater Things Are Still To Come: Living With Kingdom Vision" from Acts 1:1-11 Pastor Danley served here from 1988—97 and currently serves as director of Rock River Retreat Center for the Central District. We are blessed to have Pastor Danley share with us!
One of my favorite jokes is about the man who's house is flooding. A police car, a boat and a helicopter all come to rescue him only to be told, "No, I have faith! God will provide!" Eventually, his house is completely flooded and he drowns.
Upon meeting Jesus in heaven, he asks why didn't Jesus answer his cries for help to be told, "I did! I sent you a police car, a boat and a helicopter!". Too often, we ignore the signs that God sends to us. This was the case with Israel when God sent Malachi. This week, we'll wrestle with the question, "Have You Ignored God?"