In this worship gathering for the second Sunday of Advent, we hear a message (inspired by the work of Craig Groeschel) based on 1 Kings 19 that helps us understand that God is with us, even in the wilderness times of our lives. You can watch the message below, or the whole worship gathering below that.
Signs: they’re everywhere. Whether it’s the little red octagonal stop sign at the intersection in front of you, or the big yellow stylized M on the main drag advertising the local Slurp ‘n’ Burp™, signs are everywhere.
Sometimes, they’re so ubiquitous that we become overwhelmed and fail to see even the signs we need to see.
Advent is a season of waiting, a season of looking, searching for the perfect gift. We look for signs, whether it’s to yield to traffic or to find the store we want to shop in.
Ironically – or maybe not – the greatest sign is already among us. So is the most perfect gift.
“All right, then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’)” (Isaiah 7.14, NLT).
That prophecy has come to pass. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, he lived and undertook his ministry, he died to atone for our sins, and rose again to bring us eternal life. He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father to pray for us. And he gave us his Holy Spirit, so that he would continue to live in us and through us.
The sign is before us. The gift is within us. Look no further!