Keep Choosing the Lord
Today’s Passage – Joshua 22 – 24 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)
(Second Milers also read – Hebrews 5 – 8; Proverbs 19; Psalms 91 – 95)
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 25
Read the “0319 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“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.” – (Joshua 24:15)
“And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.” – (Joshua 24:22)
I have been considering this 24th chapter of Joshua for many years. It is one of those victorious portions of Scripture where the people of God do exactly what they are supposed to do. Joshua lays it all out for them. He basically tells them to pick a side. In other words, he gives them the option to choose to serve God, or to serve the many gods that were worshipped by the former inhabitants of the land of Canaan. The Israelites chose wisely. However, having studied the rest of the history of the Jewish people, I also know that they will often go back on their choice. Though they decided at this time to serve God, and forsake all other gods, they will soon begin to allow idolatry to come back into their lives. Though they once chose wisely, they didn’t keep choosing wisely.
I find that we are much the same way today. At one point in our lives we choose God. We come to Him for salvation, and surrender our lives to Him for service; but down the road, we change our minds. I don’t mean that we decide that we no longer want to be God’s child, but we often decide that living for the Lord isn’t as fun as we thought it was, and we start going in alternative directions. My encouragement to you today is to keep choosing the Lord. You chose Him as your Saviour in the past, choose Him as your Lord today. Choose today to yield your life to Him. Choose today to spend time with Him through Bible reading and prayer. Choose today to serve Him by serving the people He loves. Keep choosing the Lord.
Posted in Thoughts from Joshua by Phil Erickson with 3 comments.
Amen Pastor.Many years ago I was serving the the lord in a Church.A situation arose and I was hurt as well as my wife. We left the Church and went to another Church.I would not get involved with any ministries and sat in a pew for a very long time.And what it came down to, is that i robbed God of time and service and was a very unhappy Christian.I praise the lord through the power and conviction of Holy Spirit that I got back on track again.like the post.
Wow Bob, same thing happened to me. But now I’m on fire for the Lord. I praise God for the valley that has propelled me to the mountain top. Good post Pastor!!!
we need to serve the ministry we need to pick ourselves up and read the bible faithfully. and do the bible verses. so we can join the ministry of our choice. we need to serve god and listen to gods powerful words. of how to make a challenging difference. overcoming obstacles in life. we need to work together to make tthat happen. because god is three in one. we love the lord our god.