Topic: As for me and my family…

As for me and my family…

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.

The verse for today records events at the end of Joshua’s life, a time after Israel conquered the Promised Land. Joshua had led the people into the land of Canaan and had commanded them through many battles. The Lord had given them victory over their enemies and allowed them to occupy the land in safety. Nevertheless, the people had not completely fulfilled God’s commandments by completely destroying the people who were in the land. They had joined themselves to some of the Canaanites and were even worshipping some of their gods. Joshua knew all of this.
Joshua challenges the people of Israel to remain steadfast in their service and worship of the Lord God Almighty. God knew that they would not remain faithful to him, (see Deuteronomy 31) and Joshua, no doubt, was well aware of this fact having read Moses’ writings. Joshua is making a strong declaration where he will lead his family and still remain faithful to God regardless of what others choose. Beyond this, Joshua also put up a stone memorial to record the people of Israel’s promises and his own promise to God.

As born again believers, we have the capacity and responsibility to serve God. It is a sad fact that we often choose not to serve him and, instead, indulge in fleshly lusts and sinful conversations. Let us continually choose to serve and worship the Living God and his Son, Jesus Christ. Let us also build our own memorial in remembrance of our promise and commitment to serve God.


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