I want to continue today to explore a very critical spiritual disciple that we call Going on a God Hunt. What we’re doing is learning how to begin to look for evidences of God making His presence known in our everyday worlds in four key ways:
- Any obvious answer to prayer.
- Any unexpected evidence of His care.
- Any help to do His work in the world.
- Any unusual linkage or timing.
Specifically, we’re exploring evidence of God at work in our lives through unusual linkage or timing.
Yesterday, we had just finished reading 1 Samuel 24:1-12 when I stopped for the day.
Young David is scrambling for his life. A jealous king is after him with 3,000 carefully chosen strong warriors. Having tracked David into the desert, the monarch has to take a bathroom break, and wouldn’t you know it, he chooses the very cave where David and his men are hiding out. I would say that qualifies for unusual linkage or timing. Wouldn’t you?
It’s dark enough in the cave that David can sneak up and actually cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. David doesn’t kill Saul, but he certainly could have. His men gave him every reason to.
They whisper “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with or you wish.” It certainly appeared to them that this was exactly what God had done.
Apart from David’s response of sparing Saul, which takes us in a different direction, there can be little doubt but what God was involved with this perfect setup. I mean there wasn’t a man in that cave, including Saul, who wouldn’t later testify that the Lord himself had arranged these circumstances.
Unusual linkage or timing—they kind of go together.
Tomorrow, as I always do on Wednesdays, I will post a “Preaching Tip” blog especially for pastors. But, if you will be so kind as to return on Thursday, I will continue sharing about this key spiritual discipline we call Going on a God Hunt.
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.
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