There were only eighteen in attendance when I started ministering at our last church. Eighteen hearty souls, almost all over the age of 65. So few and so…don’t get me in trouble! I’m skating on thin ice! Over the years, church membership fell off for a variety of reasons. Neighborhood changed. People moved away. Grim reaper appeared way too often. Pastors with their own dire problems and needs. In a matter of thirty short years, the church was down to about ten percent of its prior membership. A mournful tithe.
The very first sermon series I preached was from Judges 7. About Gideon. Reading this chapter, it became clear that this pastorate was to be from the Lord. Down so low–not it’s time to see what God would do. There will be no excuses. No extenuating circumstances. We yearned to see the Lord at work! ‘In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her’ (Judges 7:2).
We were few. But the Lord is mighty. We began to grow. A new couple here. Someone from the neighborhood there. Vacation Bible School opened our doors wider. Children came by the dozens, many accepting the Lord into their lives. It was exciting! We were few. God was formidable.
We grew three hundred percent in a few short years! Okay, still only sixty-five people, but we were also giving beyond our four walls to missions. The largest contributor to the Christmas shoebox ministry in our county year after year, yet from one of the smallest churches. God is at work! There is no doubt!
We were so few. But we knew who was adding new members and increasing our mission-giving. We knew. There was no doubt. Sometimes the Lord will diminish…so we can depend on Him. So low we have no choice but to cry out to God. Why would we turn to anyone else? But we do. The Israelites did. That’s where Judges 7 enters the picture. Read it again. See what I mean?
Where do you need help? Turn to the Lord. He loves to support His own. He wants to. We may be weak…but the Lord is mighty!
Prayer: How precious, Lord, to trust in Jesus. In His name. Amen.