The book of Judges is the book that in many ways most mirrors what we go through in life. The people at times are faithful; other times they fall into sin. The leaders at times lead; at other times they have great moral failings. People have great faith in God and what He is doing; other times they doubt the smallest things.
All these things we experience, victory, doubt, defeat, joy; we are not the first experience them. The Bible is full of stories, just like ours.
And just like God never gave up on His people; He will never give up on us, either!
New Testament Lesson
We see in the text that the people are faithful. They are faithful to God, faithful to the teaching, faithful to the calling. And, it says that the Lord added daily to their number. They were faithful to God, faithful to His call, faithful to their mission. And the Lord added daily to their number.
They didn't do it. The preacher didn't do it. Their work and their effort didn't do it. The Lord did it. They were faithful to Him, and He took care of the rest. That's all we can do in life. If we do what we are called to do, that's all we can do. We leave the rest up to God. And, He'll take care of the rest.
In the beginning was the Word. In the beginning was God. He was before all. He was there before creation. He was there before our birth. He was their before our struggles, He was their before our sin. He was there before our redemption. He was there before it all.
And He is here with us now. He has always been there. He was there in the beginning. He is with us now. And, where ever the road takes us in the future, He'll be there.