Dr. Allen Domelle
Judges 18:19 “And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?” Psalm 40:8 says, “I delight to do thy will, O my God…”
Discovering pleasure and fulfillment in life will only be found by living in God’s will. Many people have tried to find fulfillment and pleasure outside of God’s will, but the only thing they found was regret and heartache. No matter who you are and what your age is, doing God’s will is the secret to being at peace with yourself, enjoying life, and finding fulfillment at the end of life. However, there are several fallacies about God’s will about which you must beware.
In Nehemiah 2:18 it says, “So they strengthened their hands for this good work.” There are few good works equal to the good work of fatherhood. Fatherhood is the work of God himself as He is our Father. A man who will face the task of filling the role of father is a brave man. Many men run away from the role of fatherhood and would rather hide behind the screen of alimony then to deal with the daily stresses of raising their little ones. There are men who wish to play no role in the lives of their children, to these men I would say, SHAME! You had no reserve about bringing them into this world, therefore show no reserve about bringing them through it! There are men who are afraid that to fill the role of father, because it would mean that they would have to give up their lifestyle, the late night parties, the drinking, and the fornication to stay home and take care of their family. They are afraid that they would have to put their XBox or Playstation away in order to go get a job to pay for their families, therefore they run and hide from reality in a fantasy of boyhood pleasures. I applaud the man who, as Paul said in I Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child I spake as a child...but when I became a man I put away childish things.” I cheer on the man who is willing to do the good work of fatherhood. It is to these fathers that I speak this morning, Fathers, strengthen your hands!
I am speaking to the father who works a long day and comes home at night, tired, yet spends time with his kids. I am talking to the father who will keep a budget and update his ledgers so that he can feed his family and put clothes in their closet. I impress upon the fathers who struggle and fight and when they lay on their beds at night they wonder if it is worth it or not! Daddy it is worth it! Keep fighting for your kids! Father’s strengthen your hands!
After the death of Moses, Joshua lead the children of Israel across the Jordan river and into the promised land. It was here, under his leadership that they experienced the sweet taste of victory with very few defeats. The book of Joshua relates to us the victory at Jericho and the defeat at Ai. The sin of Achan and the deception of the Gibeonites. As we enter the last chapter of the book we find that Joshua is issuing a challenge to Israel. We see the ever-famed verse Joshua 24:15 “ And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” and then we see the response of the people. “And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.” (Joshua 24:16-18) a little further on we find that Joshua issues a command to accompany his challenge. “Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.” (Joshua 24:23) Again we see the response of the people. “ And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.” (Joshua 24:24) Joshua then makes a covenant with Israel and sets up a memorial by which they can remember their commitment.
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley