Tag: last words of Joshua
Scripture reading for March 9th: Joshua 22-24
Covenant commitment makes a difference in our lives and in the life of our family. When the head of a house stands true to serving God, the home is much more likely to be godly and continue in godliness. When the man of a house boldly commits to follow God, wife and children most likely will follow. When the head of a nation commits to follow God, the people will also follow. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Some commitments are not as sincere as others. It is a matter of the heart!
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Joshua made a strong appeal to his fellow Israelites to make a choice of who to worship. It was not like he was proposing a choice that didn’t matter to him, for he was clear in his decision. The Israelites were prone to making decisions by their feelings or the traditions of the past instead of make choices because of principle and truth. They would serve false gods if they failed to serve and worship the Lord of heaven and earth. What you worship you will serve. Feelings will follow decisions and to make no decision is also a choice that leads the wrong direction.
The people responded positively, “We too will serve the Lord, because He is our God.” Joshua countered their initial confession by speaking a warning to them. He warned them that in their own strength, they would fail to serve and worship the Lord. He was (and is) a holy and jealous God!
Joshua further warned them to throw away their foreign gods and yield their hearts to the Lord. (Joshua 24:23) They must fully turn away from idolatry and embrace God with their hearts. These timely words of Joshua from over 3400 years ago speak loudly to us today. Our Joshua, Jesus Christ, fully committed to His Father and declared that He and His house would serve the Lord! We are that house! Is there anything you need to get rid of today in order to fully commit to Him?