Message (long)

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Study:

 

Let’s read 1 Kings 18:41-46

 

  1. In vs. 41, Elijah says he can hear a rainstorm coming. From the context of the passage, do you think he really could hear a storm coming? Why or why not?

 

  1. Have you ever been really sure God was going to do something in your life that you dared to say it out loud to other people? If so, what was it? If not, why not?

 

  1. What is Elijah’s posture toward God as he waits for the rain?

 

  1. What is Elijah’s posture toward Ahab in this story?

 

  1. What does Elijah’s treatment of Ahab teach us?

 

  1. How many times does the servant go out to check for a cloud before he sees one? What do you think Elijah was thinking/feeling each of those times?

 

  1. Wait, pray, look. That’s the repeated pattern of Elijah and his servant in vs. 43-44. Why do you think God makes them wait? Why does God make us wait for what we ask for?

 

  1. What two miracles happened after that tiny cloud appeared?

 

 

 

Apply:

  1. There is a lot to learn from Elijah in today’s passage. Let’s start with his willingness to wait. What are some ways we can get better at waiting for things we ask for from God?

 

  1. In this weekend’s message we heard this phrase, “Good things happen to those who wait well.” Do you think that’s true? Why or why not? How does that apply to waiting on God?

 

 

  1. Consider this chart from this weekend’s message:  
Waiting poorly
“death camp” for my faith
Heard often: “Why isn’t God doing anything? Nothing’s going to happen.”
Belief: God’s absent or uncaring.
Practiced often:  Whining and worrying.
Symbol: A fist shaken defiantly in the air.
Result: I give up. I become angry or apathetic.
Waiting well
“greenhouse” for my faith
Heard often: “I don’t know what God’s going to do, but I know He’s going to do something.”
Belief: God’s at work… always.
Practiced often: Trust and tenacity.
Symbol: An expectant eye to the sky.
Result: I grow up. I’m learning to rely on him. I’m being forced to lay down my pride.

What does this teach us about “how” we should be waiting?

 

  1. What should we do if we never receive from God the things we ask for?

 

  1. Elijah also did a good job interacting with Ahab in this passage. Do you have an “Ahab” in your life right now (someone you don’t agree with or who lives very differently than you do)? What is it like to be around them?

 

  1. What can you apply to that relationship from what we saw Elijah doing with Ahab today?

 

Prayer:

 

Closing:

You can view and work through the Elijah Study Guide throughout the week and listen to the week 4 sermon before group.