Sermons by Pastor Alan Kinder (Page 2)
We can all relate to this, it’s called failure. It can seem so final, so devastating to who we are. I’m sure that Joshua felt this way after the men of Israel were defeated at Ai. How was he supposed to lead them back into battle? How was he ever going to be used by God again? Certainly, his failure meant that he was done, right?
Israel has defeated Jericho in dramatic fashion and Joshua’s fame spreads across the land. The smaller city of Ai must have been in a panic. How could they hope to survive an attack from Israel? Yet, the first attempt by Israel to conquer Ai is met with disaster. The soldiers of Israel are routed. Thirty-six men die. How could this happen? The answer is simple; underestimate your enemy, become arrogant in your approach, and let sin creep into the camp.
This particular passage in Joshua is one that contains some difficult concepts. How serious is sin to an absolutely holy and righteous God? What do we do when we face circumstances where God’s actions are…hard to understand? It all comes down to faith…
What do you do when you expect a battle plan from God, and instead you get marching orders for a parade? Well, if you’re a person who has placed their faith in God, you line up and march! It’s a victory parade, after all.
A battle is coming for the nation of Israel. While they have crossed the Jordan River without opposition, the lack of opposition is about to end. However, before they draw a single sword the Lord has some important business to finish with His people. They need to renew their faith.
Memorials; if you travel around our country for very long you will come across a memorial of some kind. We erect memorials to remind us of important people, places, and events. We erect memorials so that we might not forget these things. As we step into a new beginning as a church we should take a lesson from Israel and the first two memorials they erected upon entering into the land promised them by God.
Many people when starting a race tend to begin a little quick. They start so fast that they end up burning out before they make it to the finish line. Or, even worse, they step wrong and injure themselves. So, before we take that first step into enemy territory, we need to make sure we focus on the right things.
Whenever we go on a journey, we ought to expect the strange occurrence every now and then. Another word we could use for strange is unexpected. When we consider our God, the unexpected ought to be what we do expect!
Every journey, no matter how short or long, begins with a first step. As we continue to navigate through the current situation, we are on a journey that provides us with a unique opportunity to use this time for a new beginning.
We are, of course, going through interesting times, difficult times, and even sad times. However, I also believe that God is still in control, and that this time can be useful to us in order to evaluate and re-engage. When this is all over, it won’t go back to the same old “normal.” So, we should use this time to make a new beginning…