History speaks of a Bishop, who is said to have proclaimed that heavier-than-air human flight wasn’t possible because it contradicted God’s will. His name was Milton Wright and he was the father of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Apparently, his understanding of God’s will was seriously flawed!
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word faithfulness as “deserving trust, keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do.” Although we love to know such reliable people the society is full of unfaithful people. Faithfulness has become a rare virtue today. We see cheating spouses, double-tongued politicians, unfaithful business associates, and the list continues.
Elijah had been used by God to hold back rain from the land for over 3 years, because of their sins. He became a man on the run because of this and we can only imagine the stress he experienced during those years. There’s one statement in the Bible that seems to further complicate Elijah’s situation. Consider this. “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”
Don’t be surprised if the title of my sermon makes you feel uncomfortable. Truth be told I felt very uncomfortable myself because we do not know God as a hater. The dictionary defines hate as intense dislike. Can God really dislike something so intensely? The Bible says he can and in Proverbs 6:16-19 we have a list of six things that he hates and seven things he detests.
It is quite common to come across Christians who proudly assert that the sinking of the Titanic was a deliberate act of God. Their claim stems from the fact that just days before its maiden voyage, an employee of the White Star Line, the company that built the Titanic, arrogantly declared that not even God Himself could sink the ship. Additionally, they argue that the name “Titanic” is derived from the term “Titan,” which refers to giants born of gods in Greek mythology, and therefore consider it blasphemous. Surprisingly, even seasoned preachers and pastors with years of ministry experience can be found passionately proclaiming this belief from rooftops. However, I strongly disagree with this viewpoint because it contradicts the teachings found in God’s Word and distorts His true character. Allow me to elaborate on the reasons for my argument.