In Joshua 24, the Israelites are at a crossroads. Joshua speaks to all of the Israelites and brings them words from God. He says, This is what the LORD says…” and through Joshua, God reminds the people of all God has done for them: made them into a great nation through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; through Moses, led them out of slavery in Egypt; fed them manna from heaven and water from a rock; delivered them through the Red Sea when they were being pursued by the Egyptians. Time and time again, “I came through for you”, God says.
Elsewhere in Scripture, those words had been or would be repeated. Moses had said them. God says them later through the prophets and through King David in the Psalms. But each time God says them to the Israelites, they are at a crossroads. A decision or choice has to be made.
Then Joshua tells the Israelites, “Choose this day who you will serve…”. He says, “You are not ready to serve the LORD. For God is holy and if you screw up this time, He will not forgive your sins.” But the people reply emphatically, “No! We will serve God. We will do all He says.” (v.21)
That was not some impulsive, emotional response to Joshua’s preaching, although emotion and passion were involved. The Israelites made a conscious choice… a commitment… a covenant with God, right there and then.
As I think back on all God has done for me: called me out of my former way of life – full of sin… saved me… used me to help others… provided for Sharon and me during tough times… reconciled relationships… shown His amazing grace, time and time again… it seems like a no-brainer, but is it?
We’re at a crossroads every single day.
We can choose to follow the crowd, hang out as raunchy jokes are made, listen to the foul language, go to the bar after work, and idly watch as injustice goes on all around us. We can cheat on our taxes, and try to sneak by — any way we can or…
“NO! WE WILL SERVE GOD! WE WILL DO ALL HE SAYS!”
What road are you taking today? What choice will you make? Will it be obvious today which choice you made?