Fresh Hope – 9th June 2017

Throughout the Bible and church history, we see a clear pattern emerging of how God works with people. No matter how gifted they were, God humbled them before He used them.

The humbling process is invariably painful for us, but is completely necessary in order for us to become pliable in the hands of our Creator.

God’s methods may vary of course, but He always manages to get a person’s undistracted attention to teach the most fundamental lessons of trust.

Let’s take a look at a few such examples over the next two days together as we see how God moved in the lives of some of the Bible greats…

God told Noah to build a huge boat on dry ground. The deluge didn’t come for 120 years.Noah had to trust God while all the other people around thought he was crazy.

Abraham was promised that he would be the father of a great nation, but he remained infertile for 25 long years before he and his wife had their son.

Joseph had two dreams that his family would someday bow down to him. His brothers resented his arrogance and their father’s favouritism. He was sold into slavery and ended up betrayed and in a dungeon, But after 17 years, when God saw that the time was right, Joseph was ready to rescue two nations – Egypt and his family.

Moses grew up in the luxury of Pharaoh’s palace. When he realised that he was a Hebrew, he tried to defend a slave by killing an Egyptian. He spent 40 years in the backside of nowhere before becoming a mighty deliverer.

Elijah saw God perform one of the great miracles of the Bible, calling down fire from Heaves to consume the water drenched sacrifice on mount Carmel. He then destroyed 500 false prophets. However, he then became so fearful because of just one demonised woman named Jezebel, that he fled for his life and became deeply depressed. In the depths of his despair, God met him.

Please join me again tomorrow for more stories of how God prepared some of the Bible greats.

Pastor Mark

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