Some Christians believe if God wants us to do a certain thing, he will open a door for us; if God doesn’t want us to do it, he will shut it. This sounds simple and true, but many times it is not. There are times when God calls us to walk through adversity. Moses discovered this when he was asked in retirement to go back to Egypt and free the Hebrews from slavery. Jesus called us to love our enemies, forgive those who hurt us 7×70 times, and much more. In a message titled “Swim Upstream,” we will contemplate God’s tendency to not go with the flow but to struggle upstream against the current of life.
Some of us have faced burnout. We just don’t feel like doing it anymore. Some are tired or exhausted. Sometimes burnout and depression are so severe that we might say, “God just take my life!” We may feel like the prophet Elijah. Yet God ministered to Elijah’s burnout through the sound of sheer silence.
With the direction of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we can persevere in life, even to the end.
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on November 5, 2017 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg