Redeemer Weekend Sermons

God Listens | But God Week 1

Episode Summary

God listens when we call, when we are in distress and when we struggle. We just need to be patient and ready to hear back! Denise McKinney kicks off our series, But God, on how the presence of God can change everything!

Episode Notes

God listens when we call, when we are in distress and when we struggle. We just need to be patient and ready to hear back! Denise McKinney kicks off our series, But God, on how the presence of God can change everything!


Listens
But God... | Week 1
April 29, 2018 | Denise McKinney


Genesis 19:27-29 [NLT]
Abraham got up early that morning and hurried out to the place where he had stood in the Lord’s presence. He looked out across the plain toward Sodom and Gomorrah and watched as columns of smoke rose from the cities like smoke from a furnace. But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.

God listens to our prayers and petitions for others…
... and can intervene at a crucial moment.

Psalm 66:13-20 [NLT]
Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma, and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

God listens when we confess our mess…
…and is ready and willing to restore us.

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God listens to our grumbling and whining…
…and can make it a teachable moment.

Numbers 12:1-4 [NLT]
While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them. (Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.) So immediately the Lord called to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and said, “Go out to the Tabernacle,[a] all three of you!” So the three of them went to the Tabernacle.

God listens to our worship…
…it matters to him and for us.

Genesis 21:15-21 [NLT]
When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears. But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.” Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, and he settled in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt.

God hears us in our deepest despair…
…and guides us through the wilderness.