15 But 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.”
In this verse Joshua was charging the nation of Israel not to abandon Yahweh and everything He instructed them to do, as written in the Law. The Israelites would often allow their surrounding culture, practices and way of life, intertwine with God’s Law, ending up worshiping other gods and idols. Here Joshua is asking them to take once again a stand not to worship any other idols or gods except Yahweh himself.
Similarly, it can be the case with us also, without even realizing, allowing our surrounding culture, practices and way of life to influence our Christ centered life that we have been called to.
Thoughts for the day
- Is there something in your life that is not of God that you have placed on the same level as God’s commandments?
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Invite the Holy Spirit to show you something to rejoice over. Look beyond your current circumstances to the Lord of all Creation. Remember that you are fully, unconditionally loved. Take time to rejoice in the goodness of the God who has saved you.