This sermon was preached at WPC Belconnen’s evening service on June 27. Tim read the Bible passage, 1 Kings 17, and Darren gave the Bible talk.
2020 was a year of anxiety. And 2021 hasn’t been a great improvement. It seems that every time we get near the school holidays, another Covid outbreak happens and key cities and even states are locked down – holiday plans are cancelled and our feelings of fear and isolation continue. Families are separated, international travel seems far away, jobs are lost and it all looks a bit doom and gloom. In this talk, we begin a short series on the life of Elijah – a prophet of God who was sent to call Israel back to God after the people had been led to break covenant with God and instead worship the idols of the wicked pagan nations. And, at his lowest point, Elijah despaired – complaining to God that Elijah was the only true worshipper left – which wasn’t true. Elijah wanted to give up, in the face of the wickedness of the day and the fierce persecution by the idol-worshipping king and queen of Israel. But God assured Elijah – just as He assures us – that He is sovereign, He alone has the power to save and keep us – and He can be trusted.