We Will Serve The Lord

Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

This passage seems like an encouragement to choose the Lord, but it is the opposite.  Joshua provides some background on what the Israelites have historically done; reject the true God and serve their own gods.  He tells them to throw away the gods that their ancestors worshipped in Egypt and beyond the Euphrates.  He was addressing the people who may have no desire to serve the lord.  He actually tells them to choose the gods their forefathers served beyond the river or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.   Joshua seems like he is using reverse psychology to tell the Israelites that they are unable to serve the Lord; that He is a Holy God and they are not able to follow Him.  This is after the people said that they will serve the Lord.  Joshua makes it clear to everybody that he and his household has chosen to serve the Lord.

There are still many idols and ‘gods’ in today’s society-the god of wealth, lust, power, indulgence, selfishness, etc.  To serve the Lord means to be selfless.  That means to be empty of self.  You think of God’s will and desires in your life.  That is easier said than done as we are surrounded and some of the worldly influence can affect our perspectives.  I would love to say that for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.  In order to do that, I also need to say: “Lord, please help me”, as it is not an easy road.

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