May 24, 2022
Today’s reading: Joshua 24:15
As for me and my house
We read in Joshua 24:15:
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Life is full of choices. Some are minor while others are crucial.
The most important choice we make is the choice of who we will serve. Joshua perfectly knew that not choosing is not an option. Sooner or later, you will need to serve someone or something. It is a question of whether you will serve or not, but who you will serve.
Thus, in the final chapter of Joshua, we are seeing once again how Joshua presented two choices. Looking back, Moses also did this.
Just like the Israelites, we are also constantly given the choice: will we serve Yahweh or other little gods?
While Joshua’s desire was for Israel to choose Yahweh, He already made a choice for Him and His family. The right choice was clear and so, He chose to serve Yahweh.
Notice the attitude of Joshua. He didn’t depend on other people’s choices. He didn’t wait for them to make their decision.
For Joshua, the decision of others won’t affect his decision. If they choose to serve Yahweh, then well and good. If not, Joshua would still serve Yahweh.
That’s the same attitude we should have.
We shouldn’t base our decision of serving God on others.
We don’t say, “Oh, my brother is baptized and yet, he left the church. What’s the use of getting baptized?” “Oh, our pastor committed this and that. I’m discouraged and I’ll leave the faith.” “Oh, my parents are not in the church.” “Oh, I’m living in a godless society.”
No, those things shouldn’t matter. We can’t change or control other people’s decisions. We are only responsible for our own decisions.
May we also have the courage, faith, and will to say, “As for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh!”
To learn more about waiting and patience, please read, “10 Little-Known Lessons From the Life of Caleb.”
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