As For Me and My House … by Melissa Clayton

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 – 8Proverbs 19Psalms 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.

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 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 24:14-15)

In this passage we see Joshua is nearing the end of his life and ministry. He gathers all of the tribes of Israel to Shechem for one last message. Joshua starts his message by saying “Thus saith the Lord God of Israel,” and then He gives them a pretty extensive list of all the things that God has done for them. This message wasn’t coming from Joshua, but from the Lord Himself. In the first part of this message we see that God wanted them to remember all the things that He had done for them, how He delivered them, how He provided for them, and how He continually blessed them. He reminded them of all of those miraculous things, but how could they have forgotten all of those amazing and wonderful things? They forgot the same way that you and I forget. God saved us, and He has done so many wonderful things for us and yet, we forget. We forget when we are swayed by the things of the world, we forget when things are not going our way, we forget when the world is in mass panic over a virus and we let fear take control of our thoughts about the future.  In the second part of the message Joshua charges them to make a choice: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve…

He wanted them to choose to commit themselves to God, and God alone. He reminded them of God’s jealousy against serving other gods, and how the Israelites made the decision to serve the Lord only. As Christians, we choose to serve the Lord when we when we accept the Lord as our Savior, but I also believe serving the Lord is a daily decision. It is our responsibility as followers of Christ to make that choice every day; to wake up with the attitude of remembrance for all the things that The Lord has done for us, and to “choose you this day” to serve Him. 

Wes, Melissa, Amelia, and Barrett

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