Today, I would like to talk a little about this morning's Service.
Today's topic was called, "It's Mine To Manage." In Joshua 4:1-9, they talk about the story of God telling Joshua to choose 12 men, one from each tribe, and pick up 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan. Carry them over to the place where they were going to stay that night. Joshua told the people and also told them that in the future, they could tell their children what the stones mean. They are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever. The stones are still there today.
The story and the meaning should have been told throughout the years and still today. Somehow, as time passed, they stopped sharing the story, the meaning of it. The story was later forgotten, as it talks about in Judges 2:10. After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel. The story and the meaning need to be told.
God gives us things, but it is up to us to manage it. Managing responsibilities is challenging, difficult at times. It is also something that we need to do, to enjoy a peaceful, organized life. Can you imagine what life would be like if we didn't manage what we were given? Think of the farmers. They're given land, seeds and water. If they stand in the back yard and stare at the land, put the bag of seeds in their pocket, and place the barrels of water by the barn, do you think they'll have a good crop? No...they have to manage it! Everything in our lives has to be managed.
Another thing that was discussed at service was God knows the END from the very BEGINNING. We sometimes like to think we know how something is going to end, but the truth is, only God knows. We have no clue as to what's going to happen. We are basically what is called, 'stuck in the middle', which can be very scary, and is difficult when we want to know right away, how something is going to end. I guess that is where patience, along with Faith comes into play. Trust God to show you, when the time is right.
Last thing, everyone has a testimony/testimonies in their lifetime. God has helped all of us out of a difficult time, trial, loss..etc. At the moment, we tell people, "Yeah, if it wasn't for God, I would have never lived through that! Let me tell you what happened!" and then tell the story. 2 years later we say, "Yeah, He helped me a lot." and then leave it at that. This shows that He still gets the credit and praise for helping, but now the story is not being told. A decade later, we say, "Yeah, I'm just glad I made it through that. I was scared, but I just kept moving forward and I made it through." NOW, it's about yourself. God's help and the true story is forgotten! Share your testimonies! Don't ever forget who it was that carried you through it! TELL THE STORY! We're given the Bible, His Word. It's up to us to 'manage' it. Share the gospel, the news....His Word.
Sometimes God helps us out in little ways as well. We don't mention them because they're small. Remember the little things. God reaches out to us, just as we need Him the most. Even if it is small. Thank you for your time and I hope you have a wonderful, 'managed' day!
Take care and God bless,