We laid away a saint of God for the first resurrection recently. Sister Charlotte Verwers was a champion of faith. her example was a shining one. She was one of the foundation stones of the Des Moines Gospel Assembly. She was added to the church in 1951 and never left. She did not backslide, she did not ever become discouraged, she could not be talked into leaving. God put her here, and here she stayed. Her life was a testimony.
She was always busy about the Lord's business. Every assembly needs at least one like Sister Charlotte. We will miss her. She welcomed the saints into her home, she transported them where they needed to go, she traveled to meetings to support her pastors, she gave in the offerings, she served the Lord consistently, simply and without hypocrisy. Commitment to the Lord and His church is getting to be a rare thing. Jesus condemned an evil and adulterous generation, and condemned a faithless and perverse generation, Matthew 12:39; 17:17, what would He say about our generation?
Brother Lloyd Goodwin's last message was an admonition to the church to become more committed. But commitment to the work of the Lord is rare. When the Lord returns, will He find faith on earth? Luke 18:8. Dedication and commitment are a choice, and not a convenience. Servants don't have the luxury of serving their Master just when it is convenient. But those who have been faithful servants in this life will hear Him say, "Well done." Matthew 24:21. Sister Charlotte Verwers has joined the "great cloud of witnesses," Hebrews 12:1, that we are to use as our examples, and we are to now run our race. Wherever we are, we can find opportunities to serve the Lord, and to be faithful to Him. Are you as committed to the Lord and His church as you were five years ago, or ten years ago? If not, why not? Are your children gorwing up to be less committed than you have been? If so, why?
Something is wrong when we are less dedicated and zealous than we used to be. And we have a major problem if the succeeding generation is less faithful than we have been. We must do something now to assure that the church has a future. When Joshua led the children of Israel across the Jordan and into the Promised Land, the Lord miraculously parted the waters. Joshua had one man from each tribe pick up a rock from the bed of the river, and then assembled those rocks for a monument.
He did that to teach succeeding generations the things that God had done. "When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land." Joshua 4:21-22. God's people must be kept in memory of the great works of the Lord in the past. Fathers are to teach their children the truth of the Lord. Isaiah 38:19. There are some important things "which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us." Psalms 78:3. We must pass on this vital knowledge to the coming generation. "We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
For he hath established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children." Verses 5-6. Every one is an example. 1 Timothy 4:12. You are either a good example or a bad example. Is your life worthy of emulation by those who are younger than you? We are also to live in hope of the return of the Lord. Prophecy is important to us, because we live in the time when much of the Bible's prophetic promises will come to pass.
We should not shun prophecy as hopelessly complicated and difficult to comprehend. instead, we are to understand the plan of God for the future, and make that knowledge known to others. "And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Habakkuk 2:2-3. The Lord wants someone to make the prophecies of the Word of God plain and understandable. In this issue of The Gospel of Peace, we have a series of articles on Bible prophecy. Every child of God should understand his or her future. God has a plan and a time to work. He has a conclusion for the plan of redemption. he will restore paradise, and beyond paradise to all creation. He will ultimately and finally deal with evil.