Josh 24:14-15 – “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” 24 The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice.” NASU
In life, we have to make ‘choices’ and at some point, most people realize that there are ramifications associated with those life decisions. Some never realize that and live in such a way as to fail to take personal responsibility for their bad decisions, expecting someone to take care of them and bail them out when they get into trouble. That is not being a productive member of society nor is it what God expects of us spiritually.
In this situation, Joshua was addressing the people and rehearsed Israel’s history to the people bringing them to a clear understanding that where they were and what was before them was theirs only because of God, His grace, mercy, power, and love. Joshua wanted to bring the people to a decision and commitment to ‘serve the Lord.’ He gave them a choice – They could go back to the old way of life and serve the gods of their ancestors or be “Moon worshippers” as Abram was before God’s call or they could serve the gods of the Amorites in whose land they were living. Those were possibilities or they could, as he and his family had chosen, ‘Serve the LORD’. The people were moved and declared they too would serve the LORD and obey His voice. They didn’t but they make the choice that day to come into covenant with God, THE LIVING GOD.
Many of us have made the decision to ‘follow God’ and ‘serve Him’. It is time to renew that commitment and make the choice to ‘Serve Him’ with a whole heart. There is coming very soon a time when anything less than a total commitment and a resolve to SERVE GOD with a WHOLE HEART will be met with not only opportunity to turn back but will almost guarantee that we fall by the wayside. There are going to be pressures that come to mankind that will require a resolve to love God even to death. I am not trying to be morbid but telling you what I know from scripture and what the Lord is speaking to my heart. That time is much sooner than many believe possible. Today is the day of Salvation. Today is the time of decision.
So it is my prayer that you ‘choose’ to serve the Lord with your WHOLE HEART and even if you are faced with death, will hold on to your commitment and resolve. God will never leave you nor forsake you.
God bless you as you go through your day!