August 20, 2018
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-15…“Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” vs. 15
The sequence of events in Israel’s early history is not particularly clear, but we do know that sometime after their time in the wilderness, they crossed over the Jordan and began to settle in an already occupied land. They had been wandering tribal people, now they were living in proximity to many cities and towns. Their biggest challenge was theological. Would they remain faithful to the Lord or would they adopt the gods of the land as their own? Joshua tells them his choice is clear: he and his household will serve the Lord. Those same kinds of decisions face the people of God in every age including our own. There are plenty of gods in our land too, and many of them are deceptively attractive, and so we wonder about our own households. Will our children and grandchildren remain faithful to the Lord Jesus or will their loyalties wander? Perhaps they will become a part of that ever increasing group of “nones”– those who profess no particular faith. We’d like to be more in control but we aren’t. All we can do is keep on loving. That’s what Jesus did, and that’s what will work for us!
Thought for the Day: Who does my household serve?