Reading: Joshua 24: 1-3a and 14-25
Verse 14: Now choose the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness.
Joshua comes to the people and asks them to choose who they will serve. He asks them three times, each time reminding them of the temptations of other gods. Joshua has seen the people go astray and God lets him know that this will continue to be the challenge. Their forefathers worshiped other gods in the past, they experienced the worship of other gods in Egypt, and they even made a golden calf to worship while Moses was up on the mountain talking with God.
Joshua asks three times and the people respond three times that they will worship God alone. Joshua reminds them that God is a jealous and holy God. Three times, just to make sure. This battle to choose God over idols continues to this very day. Each day we must choose which God or many gods we will serve. It is a daily battle that begins as we awaken each day. Prayers for God to lead and guide us only begins the battle. Throughout the day the Holy Spirit is praying for us, reminding us, convicting us. We cannot remain faithful to God without the help of the Holy Spirit.
The temptations and other gods are many. We can chase after money or possessions, popularity or recognition, status or position, beauty or knowledge. We can get caught up in envy, gossip, greed, gossip, gluttony, fear, doubt, worry. We are in no shortage of things or idols to tempt, lure, and pull us away from God. The enemy is powerful. But God is greater. Through the Word, prayer, worship, and the presence of the Holy Spirit, we can walk faithful and holy lives. May all that is at God’s disposal work in us this day to be the witnesses of His love and truth in our daily walk, bringing glory to God alone.