“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
The great need of this generation is for God’s people to have great accomplishments. We live in times when people give excuses as to why it can’t be done instead of believing that God can still do exploits today. The word “exploits” means great achievements or heroic acts. When you read the Scriptures, there is no lack of God doing exploits through the saints of old. We read of the exploits of God parting the Red Sea through Moses, the walls of Jericho falling because of Joshua, the fire of God falling on the altar because of Elijah, the three thousand being saved on the day of Pentecost because of the disciples, and the world being turned upside down for Christ because of the early church. It’s easy to think that those exploits were only for their time.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of the great exploits of the previous generation. I have seen the ministry of Dr. Lee Roberson who God used to build the great Highland Park Baptist Church. I was a part of the great ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles who God used to build the largest Sunday school at the First Baptist Church in Hammond. I have the privilege of being a close friend to Dr. Bob Gray Sr. who God used to build a miraculous work at the Longview Baptist Temple. These are just a few men whom God has used to do exploits in the past fifty years. As I look at these men and the saints in the Scriptures, I am confident that God can still do exploits today. In the verse above, God shows what it takes for Him to do exploits today. Let me share with you what it takes.
First, it takes a recognition that God chooses to do exploits through people. Whether or not you like it, God uses people. As long as you use the age-old, lazy excuse that we shouldn’t worship man, you will continue to miss the lessons from those men whom God used to do exploits. God does use people to do His works, but you must have the faith that He can do exploits through you if He is going to use you mightily to build something great for Him.
Second, it takes a recognition that exploits are not a generational thing. The only reason God doesn’t do exploits today is because God’s people are not doing what it takes for Him to do exploits through them. To say that exploits are a generational thing is to say that God’s power ran out. To say that God can’t build great works today is to say that God’s power is not great enough to work through the difficulties of today. The exploits of God are not a generational thing, but a faith thing that moves God’s people to believe and attempt to do something for God again today.
Third, you won’t do exploits without knowing God. Knowing God is more than just reading the Scriptures; but you get to know God in the battles. You don’t get to know God in times of ease but in times of battle and heartache. It is in these times that your faith is built to the point where you believe God still has the power to do exploits through you in spite of what you face.
My friend, God wants to do exploits today; why not let attempt to do something great today. The question you need to ask is, why not you, and why not now? God can use you now to do exploits, but God does exploits through work. You will never see exploits until you get busy doing something and attempting something great for God.