Turning Hearts



Key Bible Verse: For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! (Isaiah 64:4)

Dig Deeper: Isaiah 64

[God] had a whole bucket of undeserved kindness, called grace, to pour all over those idolatrous children that he loved so much.

This God, Jehovah, was unique.  He was different from Baal, and he’s different from every other idea of God. It’s his grace that makes him unique.

This God was waiting by the phone.  He was listening for it to ring.  He was ready when his people needed him to care.  And in the most critical moment, he responded.

But why?

Why did he jump at the request of his servant, Elijah? Why did he allow himself to be pulled into this magic show? Isn’t throwing down fire from heaven a little [beneath] him?

The key is in this phrase: “Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again” (1 Kings 18:37, NIV).

This is a God who cares about this people and who wants to know them.  He’s not a God who is irritated by their continual requests for forgiveness or preoccupied with other things when he is needed the most.

– Johnnie Moore in Dirty God

My Response: In addition to his grace, what are some attributes that set God apart from false gods?

Thought to Apply: We can only reach with determination for the warm hand of God, which we have so rashly and self-confidently pushed away. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Russian novelist, historian, social critic)

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