Let me answer the question—“What is the God Hunt?”—by sharing directly from The God Hunt, an Inter Varsity Publication, by my wife, Karen Mains:
The aptitude for hunting for and finding God is native to every human heart, but as we mature we often lose or neglect the capacity to do so. We only become intent on finding him when terror is nearby, when sadness insists on keeping company, or when pain becomes a relentless stalker. Let us instead begin the God Hunt as a game of hide-and-seek—in a childlike way, with laughter and delight.
What is the God Hunt? Simply defined, the God Hunt is choosing to recognize God anytime he intervenes in our everyday life.
Then Karen lists four categories where people are to look for God’s interventions in their daily lives:
- Any Obvious Answer to Prayer. (I’m going to illustrate this item from scripture in just a moment.)
- Any Unexpected Evidence of His Care.
- Any Help to do God’s Work in the World … and …
- Any Unusual Linkage or Timing.
Let’s begin with the first one: Any Obvious Answer to Prayer. In Genesis chapter 24 is a delightful “eHarmony.com” type of story. Abraham’s chief servant has been sent on an important but difficult mission. He’s commissioned by his master to find a bride for Isaac, the son of Abraham’s old age.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to suggest who would be a good marriage partner for a son or daughter or close friend, but it’s not exactly the easiest of assignments. On top of that, this poor fellow has to travel to another land to find this special young lady. Thinking about it further, he asks, “Hey, what if the woman is unwilling to come back with me?”
We’ll pick up this story in the next blog post in this series.
Sunday’s coming. Do you have your sermon ready? Is it relevant? Will it effectively motivate your congregation to walk more in step with the Master? What about that Sermon Series you’ve been thinking about?
Or, if you’re someone who plans well ahead, have you asked yourself what you will preach for your Easter Sermon, your Advent Sermon, your Christmas Sermon?
David Mains and Mainstay Ministries can help. We offer a wide variety of Sermon Starters and Full Sermons that will give you Sermon Ideas to help you prepare for regular Saturday or Sunday sermons, Mid-week Bible Sermons, and Sermons for special occasions.
We also offer assistance as you create Topical Sermons, Sermons Series, and sermons for special times of the year. We have resources available to help you with Advent Celebrations, Advent Sermons, Christmas Sermons, Easter Sunday Sermons, Patriotic Sermons, and more.
For more information on how to create better Bible Sermons and how to turn Sermon Ideas into Sermon Outlines, and then into effective, meaningful Sunday Sermons, please click here to visit David Mains’ website.
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