By way of this month’s Bible readings, my thoughts retains drifting again to the guide of Joshua. It’s a breath of contemporary air that was sorely wanted after what appeared a lifetime within the desert. The Israelites lastly step foot within the Promised Land and clutch their inheritance.
Though the guide is full of nice battles and demonstrations of God’s faithfulness and energy, for me, probably the most vital passages are additionally the driest of the guide. After the battles have been fought and the victories celebrated, the Promised Land is split among the many tribes of Israel. Chapter after chapter is devoted to defining boundaries and handing out lengthy forgotten cities.
I’m full of pleasure as a result of what I’m studying is the youngsters of slaves getting into an inheritance that their mother and father could not fathom. An inheritance of ample life and fruitfulness. Joshua states that the Lord gave them “…land on which you didn’t toil and cities you didn’t construct; and you reside in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you just didn’t plant.” (Joshua 24:13)
What a time of celebration!
The guide, nonetheless, concludes with a well-known quote that has been cross-stitched by many a grandma, Joshua 24:15 “…However as for me and my family, we are going to serve the Lord.”
It’s an amazingly profound assertion by a person who has lived his life with power and braveness.
However why would Joshua must say it in any respect?
Why would not the Israelites serve God for all their days? Why would not they dedicate themselves to God?
It’s a query I’ve to ask myself usually. I’m third era Christian. I’ve seen my grandparents and my mother and father step into their Promised Lands. I’ve seen God’s provision and faithfulness of their lives time and time once more. Their religion in Christ and their tales of His faithfulness are my inheritance.
But regardless of this blessing from God, I nonetheless discover myself drifting to the idols which might be so tangible. Idols of consolation and of economic safety. Idols of mediocrity and laziness. Substitutes for God’s development, provision, and energy.
With out fixed remembrance, with out fixed dedication, all of us so simply stray.
Earlier than Joshua
Earlier than Joshua says his most cross-stitchable quote, he tells the Israelites “Now worry the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped past the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But when serving the Lord appears undesirable to you, then select for yourselves at the present time whom you’ll serve, whether or not the gods your ancestors served past the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you might be residing.”
Joshua knew how prone we’re to selecting consolation or custom or the tangible over serving God. He knew that no matter what miracles we witness or how a lot God has supplied, with out a fixed reminder, we stray.
Joshua’s declaration is not only a one off assertion to be hung within the lounge room or tattooed in your arm (the fashionable model of a cross-stitched pillow), it must be a every day reminder.
It must be a declaration made on daily basis that we are going to put apart the idols in our lives and take up the banner of the Lord.
The final speech of Joshua is a reminder of what God has finished for the ancestors of Israel. Tales of God’s faithfulness by the generations.
As I sort this text, the Holy Spirit is reminding me of the occasions God has been devoted to my grandparents, to my mother and father, and to me.
Due to the nice issues God has finished, it’s my flip to declare that for me and my home, we are going to serve the Lord.