Choose You This Day

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 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.

Joshua 24:15

In Joshua 24, the Lord goes through a very long list of things that He had done for Israel.  He takes them all the way back to Egypt and tells them the story of their coming to and possessing the Promised Land.  In this story, He is careful to remind them just who it was that did everything.  They did nothing.  It was the Lord and only the Lord that brought them out of Egypt and it was Him and only Him who led them through the wilderness and it was Him and only Him who conquered their enemies one by one.  Now that they have possessed the land and He has reminded them of who gave them the land, we come to this verse.

Joshua starts out by telling the people that “if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve”.  “If it seem evil unto you”- that is quite a statement in light of the first part of the chapter.  But how many of us act as if we think it would seem evil to serve the Lord?  After all He has done for us and all of His many blessings to us, how often do we not serve Him?  When really put to the test, how often do we not “choose Him”?

Joshua had the right idea here at the end of the verse: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.  That should be our motto today- it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.  It doesn’t matter what goes on around me; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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