“And the people served the Lord “
I would love that to be what I was remembered for. “Bill served the Lord.” Wow, if only that were accurate. This would be closer to the truth:
“Bill desired to serve the Lord and sometimes did.”
King James Version (KJV)
“And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”
I have longed to see the great works of the Lord, since before I found Him.
As a matter of fact, My prayer was that I wanted to know and serve a Lord of Power. Not just of Words, (hot air, empty prayers).
I am convinced that He brought me to Christian Retreat in Florida, so I would see just that. I lived, worked and attended The Institute of Ministry and the Pastoral Training School.
I worked there about 3 years. Left there licenced and ordained to preach, teach,. . . ready to marry and bury. Did ok as an Evangelist, failed as a Pastor.
Ran away from it, (with my tail between my legs). I still loved the Lord, but had lost my hope and nerve.
I didn’t understand how to work with His people. To me they were Satans spawn. They couldn’t be trusted, relied on, or confided in.
That was wrong, the problem was within me, not them. It took about 20 years in the desert for me to come around, and realize the truth.
Is it possible to understand why they served the Lord and then stopped?
“all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua”
Why stop then? What happened? Are we experiencing the same problem today? Few do the necessary work to know and be used of the Lord.
“who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel.”
The people who had experienced the Lord.
“That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”
This is what we are missing today, in our churches. Very few have seen anything but a few healed souls, and we call that miracles. When Jesus was in His home town all He could do was heal a few sick people. Why?
Because of their unbelief. They thought He was doing mighty things. He couldn’t. Same thing today, no earth shattering miracles, in the early church people were healed by the Apostles shadows. Raised from the dead.
Today our preaching puts more to sleep, then sets their faith on fire. We have lost the Power of God. Sorry folks we need todays Peter, Paul and James and John to rise out of our dead churches, and show us the way to the Holy of Holies, so we can find Grace and Mercy in our time of need.
Lord, help us to be usefull vessels of Your power and love.