Monday, March 14, 2016

March 15, 2016

"Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.  "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."… Joshua 24:14-15

Everyone serves someone. That's just the way it is.

That is a point Joshua makes in these verses.

Everyone chooses whom they serve, a point also made by Joshua.

By default or by design you will choose your master.

When the Hebrews were in Egypt they served the Pharaoh. Not because they wanted to but because they really had no choice. They were slaves.

The first chance they had to choose was when Moses announced the preparations for surviving the tenth plague, the Death Angel. They were instructed to fix a very simple yet significant meal that came to be known the Passover. Then after finishing that meal they were to sprinkle the blood of a lamb on the door seals of their home. 

Those who chose to obey Moses were spared the loss of 

their firstborn son. Those who chose to obey were spared 

and those who chose not to lost their firstborn.

In the wilderness God's people were called to serve God by obeying Moses. Since God spoke through Moses choosing to obey Moses was a choice to honor God. But even though they were out of Egypt there was a lot of Egypt still in their mind so sometimes they thought like slaves of Pharaoh and other times they thought like sons of God!

The freedom to choose is a big responsibility and it takes wisdom and experience to make good choices. As they crossed the Jordan and began life in the Promised Land they had to learn to choose well.

You can't make Egypt choices in the Promised Land.

You don't want to make wilderness decisions if you want to enjoy Glory Days.

Where you live determines how you choose and who you serve.

How you choose and who you serve determines where you live.

Glory days depend on making proper choices about who to serve. 

Joshua was sure about who he would serve!  He was clear on his choice! He knew Who to serve and how to make Promised Land decisions.

Do you?