Once upon a time there was this nation of people. And these people went through some hard times, but they also experienced some absolutely incredible, miraculous things. They were liberated from an oppressive tyrant by the work of God. They were supernaturally fed for forty years through a dry desert land, where they did not have any home or ways to produce their own food. They then entered a piece of land that God had previously given them and promised to have them live there - in the process, defeating all of the enemies that they came up against to battle. Many of these battles were won by an obvious intervention from God himself.
This is the story of the children of Israel after they had been brought out in the Exodus, and led by Joshua into the Promised Land. Unfortunately, right after Joshua dies, there’s a sad verse in the Bible: “... there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” One generation later, they had settled into their comforts. They forgot the mission that they had been given of showing off the glory of their awesome God to the nations around them. And, as a result, they soon fell into sin.
We, the church, are an holy nation as well - called of God, to accomplish a mission. The question is, will we be that generation that sees God at work, doing all sorts of marvelous things in accomplishing His mission? Or, are we going to be that generation that hears all the amazing stories, but doesn't know anything of Jesus' power ourselves?! That’s the question we need to consider today.
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