In this excerpt from our audiobook, He’s Not Who You Think He Is: Dropping Your Assumptions and Discovering God for Yourself, we look at a section in chapter 3, “When People Become God.” When we experience the seemingly inevitable spiritual burnout cycle, we could easily blame God or the church, but doing so only deepens our focus on people.
Returning to God is the only way we can stop living for people, stop being afraid of being different, and rediscover what it means to think differently — we need to experience a turning point. Listen as Russ describes three turning points in his life that brought him closer to God.
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
Then I came to the colony of Judean exiles in Tel-abib, beside the Kebar River. I was overwhelmed and sat among them for seven days.
Ezekiel 3:15 NLT
Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
1 Kings 19:4 NLT
And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.
1 Samuel 23:16 NIV
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
Genesis 5:24 NIV
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14 NIV