Isaiah 16:9 “Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.”
The verse above is a sad narrative about Moab that didn't have to be its history. When you read about what Moab was and what they had, you can see that the people had something good going on. They were a country whose “branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.” In other words, they were a country that was a help to many other countries. They were a blessing and a help to other nations who needed help. They were also a country whose harvest was plenteous. They were a country where the people were glad and filled with joy. They were a country where the economy was booming as the winepresses were producing.
One thing stopped all of what Moab had, and that one thing was pride. Verse 6 says about Moab, “We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness…” Moab became so confident in Moab that they thought they could do whatever they wanted without any consequences. However, God hates pride and always judges it. Moab lost everything because they let their pride in their abilities cause them to lose what they had.
Sadly, the story of Moab happens all too often in the lives of believers and churches whom God uses. Success has caused many to become prideful in one’s abilities to their detriment. Just because you are successful and God is blessing does it mean that you are something; it is not you, but God who is working through you who is something. God’s blessings because of what you are doing should never cause you to become prideful about your abilities. Two lessons can be learned from Moab’s demise.
First, don’t stop what you are doing because you will lose what you have. Moab stopped what they were doing that brought God’s blessings on them, and they lost the harvest, joy, and gladness that they once enjoyed. It may not be easy to continue doing what brings success, but if you want to keep the blessings coming, you must continue to do what brings those blessings. The day a church backs up from soul-winning ministries and reaching the lost is the day a church dies. The day a believer relaxes what they are doing for God is the day that believer will quench the blessings that God sent their way because of what they were doing. Don't stop your soul winning, bus routes, Sunday school classes, standing for the King James Bible, separation, and caring for the fallen because that will cause you to lose the blessings that these things brought. You may think that backing down will bring more joy and gladness, but it will only cause you to lose the blessings that brought joy and gladness.
Second, enjoy what you have because one day you may wish you had enjoyed it while you had it. If God is blessing your life or church, enjoy every minute of it because one day it could be gone. Many have taken for granted the blessings and wished they could have them back once they are gone. While God chooses to bless your life, soak in every minute of it because one day those blessings may stop. While you are in a church where God is blessing, enjoy every time you see God’s blessings because one day you will look back and wish you could have one more minute of those blessings. If you don't take for granted what you have, you can enjoy every minute of God’s blessings while you have them.