Judges 20:26-28 New International Version (NIV)
26 Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord. 27 And the Israelites inquired of the Lord. (In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there,28 with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, ministering before it.) They asked, “Shall we go up again to fight against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites, or not?” The Lord responded, “Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.”
This is what I call a lifetime scripture. The people of Israel were seeking the Lord, following his command and still getting put to the sword. Losing thousands of soldiers in the process.
I call this a lifetime scripture because it's something that we can put into place in our lives every single day. Sometimes when we seek God and follow his command it’s not always a quick and easy victory. We rejoice when it is but we need to learn to stay in rest when the road is bumpy and we have casualties. Casualties not always in the sense of lives lost but it can also mean friendships, employment, and homes, whatever the case may be. But the promises of God are always yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:2). So we need to believe that all things work for the good of those that love the Lord just like he said it would (Romans 8:28).
I know it's easier said than done. In the midst of loss our emotions get in the way. But just like the Israelites, after each loss they fell to their faces in worship. Our acts of sacrifice no longer consist of burnt offering but are sacrifices of praise. That in the middle of the storm we lift our hands and give him glory. Romans 8:18 describes it well when it speaks about rejoicing in sufferings for the glory that is to come.
The Israelites sought after the Lord after their second defeat. Suffering more casualties than we can experience in our lifetimes. Giving offerings up to the Lord because though their affliction, they know nothing is outside of God's reach. And in that seeking they received breakthrough and God delivered the Benjimites into their hands.
Since God never changes. He is the same yesterday today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8) he is still guiding us towards our victory. It may not always seem like we will make it to the harvest. But the promises of God are always yes and amen so we will see the victory. We will not only reap where we have sown, but as heirs to the promise we will also reap where we haven't sown (John 4:38). Blessing us exceedingly and abundantly above all we can imagine. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
We're excited to see what 2016 will bring and the harvest this fast will open up for our store houses at Life Church and the store houses in our homes. All to the Glory of God!!