Our youth pastor, Eric Sebastian, preached tonight and it was wonderful. I wish I could bottle his energy and drink it. He is a fire ball!
His message was called the Dip: Big God, little dip.
Kings 19: 1-18
A dip is a a valley. You are going through stuff!
1. When you find yourself in a dip, stop digging!
2. The deepest dips often occur after the highest mountain tops.
a. We forget yesterdays mountain tops when we are in today’s valleys. b. Depression sets in like it did with Elijah and you want to worry about it and possibly even die. Elijah begged God to take him home.
3. Don’t dwell any deeper than your dip.
a. Every valley is located between two mountain tops. Your perspective can be lost when you are in these times.
4. A lot of times in our dips, the devil wants to blow the dimensions of your dip out of proportion.
a. How big is your God in the context of your dip? Depending on how you view God will depend on how hopeless or overwhelming your dip (situation) can appear. If you view your God as big then when you enter these times, you know God will navigate you through them.
5. Gentle whisper- original language represents the concept of a sheer silence, a silence that can be heard.
a. As a parent you have a way of looking at your child that does not require words this is what he is talking about. Sometimes silence can speak volumes more than yelling ever could.
We serve a God who is faithful, compassionate and loving that he will strengthen you even when you are running in the wrong direction.
God is saying get back on the right path. You are going in the wrong direction but I am hear to navigate you through this rough time a dip.
Psalm 23:4 really says it all here. He has a plan. He never promised that we would not have difficulty in our lives but he did promise to help us through it. We just have to trust him instead of falling into depression and worry over it.
This of course I needed. I struggle sometimes with life issues and I do feel like Elijah but God wants to help us through these times.
We also sang this song in worship and I hope this will minister to you the way it did to me.