Joshua 24:14“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Did you ever consider how many choices we make throughout the day? Do we get up early, or sleep in? Do we eat a healthy breakfast, or grab a donut or pastry, or skip breakfast? What clothes do we want to wear today? Do we stop for gas when the car is down to 1/4 tank, or do we wait until the yellow light flashes a warning we cannot ignore?
We could go on ad infinitum and we are talking about just one day.
In our scripture today Joshua has gathered all of the tribes of Israel to make a choice. Will they destroy the idols they have worshipped and pledge their faith to the One True and Living God?
Each one of us has the same choice to make. We do not have idols made by hand that we place upon an altar and bow down before several times a day. But we do have idols nonetheless. Just as anything that separates us from God is called sin, anything that we place a higher value upon than God can be called an idol.
Did you attend church yesterday? Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forsake the assembling together of believers. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy is one of the Ten Commandments. Would God tell us these things if they were not important?
I would encourage each of us to begin today to make choices that would be pleasing to God, and that would draw us closer to Him. Begin to notice what a difference it makes in your life when you choose to seek hard after God. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Father God, today we purpose in our hearts to choose You above all others. May we actually think about our choices today and not just live our lives as though sleepwalking. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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