Sunday Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts preached a message called “Wet Wood Still Burns,” where she reminded believers that God will burn whatever is trying to stop us from getting to our destiny.
Roberts introduced her sermon with a story that took place at her home in Los Angeles, California. She shared that a wind storm knocked items around in her backyard. Roberts checked the area and noticed a few items had been toppled over. But to her surprise, Roberts didn’t realize that a chair fell into her family swimming pool.
“How could I miss the fact that the chair was in the pool,” she wondered to herself. She continued by noting how, like the storm, life can be hectic, causing us to miss events happening around us. Because of this, Roberts said, “We regret the things that we missed.”
In our regret we sometimes become stuck and stagnant, causing us to feel like we’re in a drought. We get consumed in the drought and begin to worship “the God of worry, and the God of fear, and the God of doubt.” Roberts admitted that sometimes she asks God, “in the middle of the drought, God can you save me? God, could you meet me here?”
For scripture reference, Roberts preached from 1 Kings 18:32-39, which describes a drought the Israelites experienced during the reign of King Ahab. God sent the Prophet Elijah to the Israelites because they “forgot what it looks like to be on fire for God.” Likewise, Roberts suggested that when we’re in a drought, God sends someone in our life that will assist us out of the drought.
To reinspire the Israelites about the power of God, Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord. Then he had the Israelites pour water on it four times. Afterward, God struck the altar with fire causing it to burn. This proved to the Israelites that God could still burn wet wood and encouraged them to know that God was still with them.
Like Elijah, Roberts confessed that God assigned her to go to The Potter’s House of Dallas because His people have “been drowning, but [He] told [her] to come to Dallas to let you know wet wood still burns.”
In her closing remarks, Roberts prayed that “everywhere you experienced grief, disappointment and doubted God, let it burn.”
Check out the full sermon of “Wet Wood Still Burns.”