Early in the week I told Katie the theme of this week’s message is that God prepares us for what He has for us in the future. She’s in Joshua and during her daily reading she reached 24:13 which says, “I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.” I’d like to share with you what she feels like the Lord shared with her about that verse and its application to us (her, me, our family) and our coming to Woodland.
The Lord brought us here to a place in which we haven’t labored. He also provided us with a home we didn’t build or buy yet we still dwell in it. I’m pastoring a church I didn’t plant or found. We’re eating the fruit from the vineyards and olive groves that we didn’t harvest, but from which was planted and harvested by the pastors and congregations that have invested their lives here over the last 100 years. We are reaping where we did not sow. As she said, “God has brought us to a place such as this!”
As some of the youth work on the ed building, papers recounting much of the church’s history are brought through my office reminding me of all the people who have served here over this past century of the church’s existence. Kate and I were able to come and enjoy the fruits and works of their labors. I suppose what my wife feels like God communicated to her is that we were brought here the way Israel was brought into Canaan.
The similarity to today’s message is that the way God prepared us for our future here is similar to the way God prepared David for the future He had for him. Specifically, we’ll see how God prepared David for Goliath before he’d ever heard of him, and we’ll discuss how God likewise prepares us for the “Goliaths” of our lives.