Team Ox Strong,
I've learned that anything with stability will last a long time and others will be drawn to it. Once stability is removed from the equation, then it doesn't take long for everything to fall apart and for people to lose interest. Consider youth ministries. Youth ministers who remain in one church for a long time are typically the Churches with thriving youth ministries. We can learn a lot from young people...they too long for stability. Where is it that we can find sustainable stability in a time of much instability? Some of us have gotten sucked into losing hope. Some of us who once were on fire for the Lord, have allowed these unstable times to rob us of our joy (John 16:22), and or give us no more reasons to worship and sing.
Isaiah 33:6 (ESV) reminds us that the Lord, "...will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure.
Praise God for being our never-ending sustainable stability. Below, we read in the Nehemiah passage that the Levites and the singers neglected and abandoned the work that the Lord designated for them. They became unstable leaders. They lost hope. They got distracted by the circumstances surrounding them. They lost their reason to sing, and others followed suit because of their leader’s example of instability. What these Levites and singers needed was a restored heart’s desire to once again get back to worshiping the Lord as an example for those around them to observe and follow suit.
Each of you have been called to be stable leaders in your homes, churches and communities. Have you lost hope during these unstable times? Is it evident to others around you that you've allowed your joy to be taken from you? Have you lost a reason to sing and worship? Take some time today to restore your heart and relationship with the Lord. Begin once again to see Him as your never-ending sustainable stability. Rejoice over the restoration taken place, and rejoice in observing others following your example. May each of us be faithful in our service to Him each and every day. Let me encourage you to at least listen to the song by All Sons & Daughters below (the others are applicable as well) to conclude your quite time alone with God today.
Practicing His Presence,
Nehemiah 13:10-14 (NLT)10 I also discovered that the Levites had not been given their prescribed portions of food, so they and the singers who were to conduct the worship services had all returned to work their fields. 11 I immediately confronted the leaders and demanded, “Why has the Temple of God been neglected?” Then I called all the Levites back again and restored them to their proper duties. 12 And once more all the people of Judah began bringing their tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil to the Temple storerooms. 13 I assigned supervisors for the storerooms: Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah, one of the Levites. And I appointed Hanan son of Zaccur and grandson of Mattaniah as their assistant. These men had an excellent reputation, and it was their job to make honest distributions to their fellow Levites. 14 Remember this good deed, O my God, and do not forget all that I have faithfully done for the Temple of my God and its services.
Psalm 40:3 (NIV) He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
Reason to Sing by All Sons & Daughters (pick up on the lyrics, "I need a reason...that is a reason to sing"!!!)
The Reason by Travis Cottrell
Reason by Unspoken
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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