IN THIS CHAPTER, BEFORE JOSHUA’S PASSING, HE CALLS FOR ALL THE ELDERS, JUDGES, & LEADERS. HE BEGINS TO REMIND THEM OF THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD. HE REMINDS THEM OF EGYPT, PAST BATTLES THAT GOD GAVE THEM VICTORY OVER. THE MANNA THAT WAS GIVEN EVERYDAY IN THE WILDERNESS.
14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” — Joshua 24:14-15
We have choices everyday. What to wear, what to eat that day. But everyday we make a conscience decision to choose Him in everything.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
ii. Joshua could make this statement because he had lived a life that continuously chose to serve the LORD.
· Joshua chose to fight against the Amalekites – choosing when it might cost everything.
· Joshua chose to reject the golden calf – choosing when the flesh might be satisfied.
· Joshua chose to serve the Lord by serving Moses – choosing a humble place.
· Joshua chose to believe God’s promise about the Promised Land – choosing against the majority.
· Joshua chose to recognize the leadership of the Captain of the LORD’s army – choosing surrender to God.
· Joshua chose to take leadership of Israel and lead them into the land – choosing faith instead of unbelief.
iii. God gives us choice. God is a choosing God; we are made in His image. He wants us to also choose.
So who will you choose?
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. — Matthew 6:24