Bethany Baptist Church has a lot going on every week. There is a youth choir practice at 9:15 each Sunday morning, a men’s prayer meeting at 9:30, Sunday school at 10:00, preaching at 11:00. Then special music practice at 4:15, choir practice at 4:45, ladies’ prayer meeting at 5:15, and the Sunday evening service starts at 6:00. During the week there is a Teen Girl Bible Study and a Ladies Bible Study and Wednesday evening prayer meeting.
Dan Stillings sang a special song in the morning service accompanying himself on the guitar. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message, “Moses My Servant.”
At his death Moses could have been referred to as, “Moses the great leader,” “ Moses the great writer of the Pentateuch,” or as “Moses, the man who delivered Israel out of Egypt.” But he was referred as a “Moses the servant of God.” We might not be able to become great leaders of nations, great writers of books and laws, or great deliverers of our nation, but we can be servants.
If you want to be “great” learn to serve. Jesus taught, “whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Jesus himself washed the feet of the disciples as an example to them. The Apostle Paul, who could be called the greatest New Testament writer called himself, “servant.”
Joshua had been named to succeed Moses. He must have felt inadequate to follow such a great man. But God’s words in Joshua 1:1-9 gave him some reasons to step out in his new responsibilities.
God does not play favorites. God said, “as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee, I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” There are different kinds of calling. Each person is “an original” there is no one just like you. There was only one Moses, only one Joshua, only one Paul, and only one D.L. Moody. We should not try to be someone else, but whatever our calling, God will be with us even as he was with Moses. We may feel inadequate to fill the place to which we are called, but we can succeed if we are willing to work as hard as they did, pray as hard as they did, and labor as hard as they did. We should stop wishing, start doing.
What we are and what we have depends upon our faith. God said to Joshua, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” The same promise extends to us if we are striving to serve God, as stated in Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Preachers and missionaries who have left well-paying jobs to serve the Lord, very often give the testimony, “ The One I serve did supply.”
Success depends on what you do with the Bible. The Lord told Joshua that success was conditional upon his keeping, meditating on, and doing the law of the Lord. Joshua was told to follow “This Book of the Law.” As long as Joshua lived, Israel prospered and succeeded in their battles. We should follow the Book and not follow the crowd or popular trends. Our spiritual success depends upon it.
Don’t let discouragement stop you. “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Christians, preachers can get discouraged if they forget and let current appearances rule their thinking. The battles Joshua fought were not easy, but as long as they kept fighting, they kept winning. When Israel became unfaithful in keeping and teaching God’s law and let Satan tell them they couldn’t win, they quit fighting. and when they quit fighting, they began to lose. When you face afflictions, don’t let them bring you down. Keep the Word of God before you. Think it, talk it, and obey it!