Many times, some of my juniors in the Church would ask me why some elders would repeat the same lesson over and over again. I’d hear comments such as:
“Aren’t they getting tired of reminding us?”
“Do they think we’re slow in learning?”
“They speak like a pirated CD – repeating the same things…”
My devotion for today came from the book of Joshua. Since I started reading it, I’ve always encountered the phrase, “Be strong and courageous…” (and all its varieties. I wonder why the Lord has to point it out every single moment to Joshua. I then found out in a latter chapter.
In the Pentateuch, Moses was also repeatedly affirmed by the Lord the “he is God’s friend.” Moses then gained confidence in representing the Israelites before the Lord. And the Lord has always acknowledged the friendship He had with Moses.
*End of flash back*
Joshua was given a big (and I mean BIG) responsibility when Moses died. He needed to lead a nation of hardheaded people. It might have eaten all the guts that he had as a warrior. BUT the Lord’s constant reminder empowered him more. Joshua did not see it as senseless persistence by his Master, rather, it made him become an encouragement to people who has lost it because of the countless years spent in the wilderness. Out of his Joshua’s own mouth, he told the people of Israel, “Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged… Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies.” (Joshua 10: 25, NLT)
Now when someone reminds you too often (particularly if the reminder is for the good), be pleased. The benefit does not end with you but will be channeled out to a lot of those who needed it.
Also, my Tumblr post on this matter. 🙂