Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week in the last of our Lent Series looking at Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.
What strikes me is that Elijah is not renewed by any of the dramatic, or powerful, things that happen – the violent wind, the earthquake, or the fire, but rather by the word of God, by God’s affirmation of his name and his role as the prophet of the Lord.
In other words Elijah had to learn that however unsafe his circumstances he was secure because God had chosen him, and God would not forget him.
And in the wilderness we see that Jesus’ responds to the temptations by returning to the word, or the promise, of God. Jesus was secure in his relationship with God and so could take God at his word. …
It is not how much power we have, or don’t have, to make ourselves safe. But rather it is God’s faithfulness, seen so clearly in Jesus, which means we are secure, beloved sons and daughters of God, even in a dangerous world.
I wonder how differently we might live if we really believed that was true.
[Reflecting on Luke 4.1-13 and 1 Kings 19.1-18]