Joshua 24:15 If it is displeasing to you to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve, if it should be the gods your fathers served beyond the River[a] or the gods of the Amorites’ land where you are now living. Yet as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
In this text, we find Joshua renewing God's covenant with His people. Joshua speaks for God to the nation of Israel again, through their leaders.
Speaking prophetically, Joshua recounts the history of God's faithfulness to Israel. Joshua reminds them not only of God's faithfulness, but His goodness, mercy and provision towards them and their generations before them.
Joshua begins his prophecy with these words " "thus says the Lord God of Israel".
The command is to covenant with the Lord God alone and no other god or gods. The choice was "God" alone for He had been faithful and good to them in delivering them out of the hands of one enemy after another, all the while providing for them through every adversities and oppositions that came to stop them from receiving the promise land.
The people of Israel and their leaders had a choice to make. They saw how God worked on their behalf over and over again and they experienced His blessings over and over again, so it made sense for them to serve God who had done so much for them.
How are they to serve God? They are to yield full control of their lives to God. They are to fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which their fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!
Joshua wanted them to know that today is decision making time. "Choose God or choose your alternative."
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: Joshua commands them to choose whom they will serve. The question is not if they will serve a God, but who will they serve? The God of the world or the true and living God?
Serving the Lord God in Heaven or serving earthly gods of this world was Israel's choice. Believe it or not, it is the choice that is laid before every human being that is alive and breathing on today. That includes you and me.
We all are serving someone. Either satan or the LORD. We are not given the privilege of not serving anyone. We all are serving someone or something.
God too has been good to us. Who have we chosen to serve? The True and Living God in Heaven or the gods of this world? Where have placed our faith? In heaven or in hell? Where is it? What's your decision on today?
In renewing God's covenant with the elders and leaders of God's people, Joshua makes this bold and profound statement " But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
What about you? Is this your declaration on today? This too is my declaration on today. I choose to serve the True and Living God. When all hell breaks loose in my life, man's comfort is good, but it is temporary and limited. I NEED THE LORD!!!!
Joshua, a man of divine wisdom sees with his spiritual eyes, what God has done, what God continues to do and what God promises to do without wavering and makes the best choice he could ever make in declaring the Lord God as his God whom he and his house will serve.
What about you mothers and fathers that are raising young children? Is this your declaration. Are you doing as the Lord commanded you to do in telling them what the Lord has done for you and their family? Are you making the Lord God known to them?
Deuteronomy 11:18-21Therefore you must fix these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, so that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the days of heaven on the earth.
Joshua also understood that he, as the priest of his family, was charged with the responsibility to see that his whole house served the LORD. He had the job of representing his whole house before God as the man of his house.
But as for me and my house indicates that Joshua was determined on this course no matter what anyone else thought. His relationship with God was not based on any man, but on the LORD alone, and he would serve God no matter what anyone else did.
Joshua was a man that lead by example. He did not leave any doubt in the minds of the leaders that he prophecy to, for he wanted to make it clear and known to them that there was one God in his life and that God was the LORD.
What about you? Does your life proves that there is only one God in your life and that God is the Lord? Think about that on today. The world and all those around you are watching you. Keep that in mind too on today.
As Joshua prophecy to the leaders of Israel, I say to you "CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE" for scripture declares that no man can serve 2 masters.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for never leaving us without divine instructions for life and living.