KW Editor Note: One of our many summer volunteers, Hannah Hackbarth, gave her time to Zion Lutheran Church and School in Toledo, Ohio. Kingdom Workers is grateful for her ministry and the impact she and other volunteers have on the congregations they serve.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” (Joshua 1:9). Throughout the book of Joshua, similar words of encouragement were repeatedly given to Joshua as he was given the intimidating responsibility of leading God’s people. From a human standpoint, his task seemed impossible. There was no way he could do the job on his own. That is why the last part of the verse holds so much comfort and reassurance. God Himself told Joshua, “The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua could trust with full confidence that he had God’s mighty hand with him at all times to guide him and to support him.
While my responsibilities in Ohio this summer don’t require leading thousands of God’s people into battle to conquer pagan nations, my task of serving an unknown congregation can be daunting just like Joshua’s was. I can also trust that God will be with me every step of the way and will bless my efforts in service to Him. The very first devotion that we had at Zion with Pastor Schmeling and some of the staff was a good reminder of this. The devotion on that first night came from 1 Corinthians 15:58. It reads, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” This verse is very comforting as we look forward to the rest of the summer. God blesses the work of His servants. It may not always be instant or in the ways we expect, but we can be assured that His good and gracious will will be done. I’m excited to see where the rest of this summer takes us and I pray that God may provide us with the strength and courage to serve Him as best we’re able.
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