And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way (Genesis 45:21-24).
Today’s Mosel: When I first joined the Army, they would always use the guys that were overweight to be the road guards. The road guard's purpose was to run ahead of the formation as fast as possible to the intersections or road crossings to stop the traffic. The Drill Instructors felt that by making the overweight soldiers run often it would help them lose weight. I can remember once when one of the guys in our platoon was called upon to take his post as road guard, but he was not present. He had fallen out by the way. He couldn’t take all the running that was required of him. Like that road guard, many people are carrying too much weight of the world and cares of their past, and they aren’t able to be where they are supposed to be when they are called upon, because they have fallen out by the way. I’m sure that many of you have seen people that come into the church and they are immediately on fire for the Lord, but all of a sudden they wane and you don’t see them anymore and you wonder what happened to them. Well the answer lies in the fact that they fell out by the way. They allowed something to pull them off the pathway. When Joseph sent his brothers to go get his father Jacob he told them, “See that ye fall not out by the way.” In other words, don’t you allow anything to stop you or cause you to stop along the way. We must not allow anything to pull us off the path that Jesus has placed us upon. We are heading to our heavenly home and there will be things trying to tempt you, but as the apostle Peter tell us,” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:6-10). So stay the course and do not fall out by the way, there is a great reward waiting for you.
Sing: For me for me for me, there’s a mansion there for me, in glory land so bright and far, where the victory crown I soon shall wear; come and go with me, for I won't be back you see, if anybody’s gonna be happy over there it’s me me me me me.