Choices. We all have to make them.
As a child, it’s rather easy to make choices. After all, your parents are (usually) on standby to make a correction if the decision has resulted in chaos! It’s not until those tricky teen years arrive, that we begin to get tripped up! Suddenly, the choices DO matter….like what friends we are hanging out with or which activities we decide to participate in. If we allow our emotions to influence us, we are more prone to make an irrational decision. Often, we make poor choices because we have ignored a key principle: who are we serving?
We probably don’t like to think about making that kind of choice, because it requires a submissive attitude. Being a servant to someone means sacrificing our will and accepting the will/desire of the one we are choosing to serve. As a child, we trust and obediently serve our parents; but, at some point in our maturing, that “headmaster” position is transferred. God is the ultimate authority figure and it is He whom we should serve.
The majority of Joshua 24 paints a picture of past blessings which occurred in the lives of the Israelites’ ancestors–the ones who had made the choice to serve the One True God. The consequences were abundant: the promise of future offspring, miraculous deliveries, secure victories and complete control over nature–just to name a few!
Joshua’s challenge to the nation was to serve Him in truth and sincerity. Who will you choose to serve today? It’s a choice only you can make.
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”