TODAY’S AUTHOR: MNL
THEME: The Ultimate Mentors Message
VERSE: “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:7-8
“So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever. And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”………“David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
1 Chronicles 28:8-10; 20
FROM THE VERSE: I find it fascinating how two of the closest people to God passed along the same message to the person their were mentoring about the task that the Lord has asked of them. Both Moses and David had been given a promise from the Lord. Moses was given the promise of the Promise Land, while David was given the promise of building the temple. However, various circumstances that occurred along the way forced both Moses and David to pass on the promise to someone below. For Moses it was Joshua and David it was his son Solomon. As both prepared these men to carry out this promise of the Lord, the message was very similar can be summarized as following.
- Be Strong and Courageous.
This is mentioned multiple times, emphasizing the importance of it. This means putting on your armor and trusting in the victory of the Lord. It also requires knowing that the Lord is with you, and having the boldness to move forward without knowing all of the answers to where and why.
- The Lord is with you
Both mentors are careful to consistently remind these men that the Lord is with them. Its like they are pleading with them as if it is their dying wishes that they fully believe this. They have lived life long enough to know that their will be times where these men might question if the Lord is really there, but you need to believe that He is there. It is a promise that He will never leave us or forsake us.
- Seek, Serve and Know the Lord with your WHOLE heart
If you know the Lord, then be carful to keep His commandments. By seeking and knowing the Lord, this should make us want to serve Him even more.
- Be Obedient
This is where we all seem to struggle. We reach this to a certain point, but then it always seems that pride somehow always gets in the way. Serving the Lord requires humility, and that is something we are not always good at.
I believe that this ultimate mentors message is for us too! The Lord is constantly whispering to us this message and encouraging us to put into action, because this is at the very center of His heart.
Pray in line with the Spirit asking the Lord to become more like Him. Know the Lord and seek Him with your WHOLE heart. In this act, let His presence overwhelm you and fuel you with all strength, wisdom and courage. And through all of this, I pray that humbly we would be obedient and not let pride win.