August 28: A Choice for Today

Read Joshua 24:1-33

Joshua had long been a part of the Israelite story.  He had been part of both the Exodus from Egypt as well as the conquest of the land God had promised His people.

In these, his final recorded words, He took God’s people on a verbal tour of God’s faithful provision in the midst of pivotal circumstances.  Among those circumstances were God’s selection and leading of Abraham, His faithfulness to Isaac and Jacob, His deliverance from Egypt through plagues, His rescues at the Red Sea, His provision of victory over the “…ites” (Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites), and His gift of fruitful land and pre-built cities.  To be sure, God had been faithful in the circumstances of their lives.

Have you ever reflected on circumstances of your life?  What were some of the highest highs?  How about the lowest lows?  Can you identify God’s faithful provision along the way?  Isn’t it a joy to reflect on those times where He has proven Himself?

Chances are, there may still be question marks over other circumstances.  There may still be situations where you are unable to understand God’s plan and purpose.  It just isn’t easy to trace.  Be careful as you respond to those circumstances.  They are pivotal.  Your response can either catalyze increased faith and deeper loyalty or growing doubt and a wavering commitment.

In many ways, we are faced daily with the decision that Joshua invited in verse 15:

“…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.”

Even though you may have made the decision to faithfully follow and exclusively serve the Lord twenty years ago, or last year, or even yesterday, there is still today the need to decide today.  The pivotal and perhaps inexplicable circumstances of today will require that conscious decision whereby you join in with Joshua and say, “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!”