May the peace of Christ be yours.

Pastor Denton Lester This is Mother’s month. All who are born have had a mother share in their experience and there is a mother that holds a very special place in each heart whether here or already in heaven. May all mothers be most blessed this wonderful month of May and truly the whole year through. Give glory to God for your mothers.

In my daily reading this morning, I read about the last message that Joshua gave the people after they had entered and conquered and divided the land that God gave to them. Joshua said to the leaders of the people of Israel that he was old, advanced in years; yet, he wanted them to remember with him the great things that the LORD had done for them. He wanted them to know that it was God who had done the fighting for them as they conquered the peoples of the land they now owned. He shared that there were still some nations that remained to be conquered but that the LORD would thrust them out. He said to them, “Be very strong, then, to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left…you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day” (Joshua 23:6-8).

Joshua told them that he was going the way of all the earth. His concern was that the people would not remain faithful and would not be very strong when he was gone. He tries to rally them into remembering the blessings of God and the faithfulness of God to them throughout their journey from Egypt and bondage until now. When we read all that the LORD did, it is amazing to think that anyone could turn away from Him.

“I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day”
2 Timothy 1:12b

The lesson goes on as Joshua challenges the people to be faithful. Joshua says, “If it is evil in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the river or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

Of course, the people all answered and said they would not forsake the LORD and serve other gods. They professed to be faithful to Him for He was their God. Joshua told them that they couldn’t possibly be faithful because the LORD was a holy God. That He was a jealous God and that He would not forgive their transgressions or their sins if they were unfaithful. The people were emphatic that they would remain faithful to the LORD and not forsake Him.

Then, just two chapters into the book of Judges, the reality of their going their own way and forsaking God is found to be. It seems that as long as the people who knew Joshua lived they remained faithful, but as soon as they died “There arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or even the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).

Do you suppose that the people forgot the ways of the LORD in just one generation? I mean could it be that even we have been guilty of the same sins? In today’s world we are so caught up in the things of the world that we neglect the things of God. We are responsible for the teaching of our children in the ways of God, and when that does not happen, then the generation is lost. The very next verse in Judges says that the people of the new generation did what was evil in the eyes of God and they served other gods. Do you suppose that we are guilty of the same? Is it wrong to give our children everything they want and not give them the instruction of the LORD? It would appear that the problem in the Scripture from Judges is that the children were not taught by their parents the ways of God, and when they became adults, they did not know the LORD. That is what it says. Too many today are not finding the ways of God important enough to teach them to their children. So in the time it takes for one generation the ways of God are forgotten. Perhaps that has even now transpired into several generations, as there are parents who do not know the LORD. It says that wherever they went the hand of God was against them for evil. Maybe we just have to look around and see the evil that is all around us, and perhaps we can now understand where it is coming from. It can happen in a generation.

See you in church,

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

May 2022