Deuteronomy 3:21 “And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest.”
It was early one morning when my phone rang, and Dr. B.G. Buchanan was on the other end of the line. Bro. Buchanan was one of my very close friends who I had preached for many times and also went to for advice. It was towards the end of his life; in fact, I believe it was just about two weeks before he went to Heaven. After greeting him, he, in his matter-of-fact way said to me, “Bro, God woke me up this morning between 2 and 3 and told me that I needed to tell you one thing.” He said, “God told me to tell you to trust what you know.” After this short conversation, he hung up. That was the last conversation I had with my good friend. I had recently taken the church where I am presently pastoring, and he was telling me, as he always reminded me when we talked, that I had seen and learned many things from the twenty-eight years of evangelism, and he was saying that I needed to trust what I had learned from those years of evangelism and do it. Those words have rung through my mind several times since that morning, and I have tried to trust what I know and God has blessed.
The verse above is very much the same thing that Moses was telling Joshua. Moses told Joshua that he had seen God’s mighty hand work in the past, and if he continued doing what he had learned that the best days of God’s miraculous hand working were ahead. Moses was simply telling Joshua to trust what he knew.
My friend, I know what I have seen from the past, and it works. You know the stories from successful ministries of past preachers and what God has done through them; you need to learn to trust what you have learned from those who have given you an example and apply it to your ministry and life.
Moreover, I know what I have been taught from others, and it works. Many people have invested in me the knowledge of what to do, and it would be foolish of me to forsake their investment of teaching to try and do something new. Likewise, many people have invested in you; you need to learn to trust what they have taught you. Why would you leave the investment of teaching from those who love you to trust those who have never done anything for you? You know what others have taught you in your life; trust it!
Furthermore, I know what I have learned from others, and I know those life lessons work. I have tried to make my life a classroom to learn from others what to do and what not to do. If you have observed life, you have learned many things that do and do not work. You need to trust the life lessons and principles you have learned from others.
My friend, stop trying to recreate the wheel. Too many preachers are trying to do something new instead of trusting what they already know to do. What those from the past have successfully done can be done again today if we did those works again. Success doesn't change its formula. Success is found by doing the same works that those from the past have done. Stop trying to recreate something when you already know what works. Don't try to be smarter than those in the past by trying something new that you don't know its ending. The smartest person is the one who is smart enough to trust and do what they have learned from those in the past.