Friday, July 22, 2011

Choose This Day

People in the Bible like Joshua can teach us about the process of faith as a growing and learning experience. Joshua in fact gives us a basic biblical methodology for growing in faithfulness day by day.

The people Joshua led into the Holy Land had many choices to make as the settled into the land they had just conquered. The people who already lived there worshipped many gods and the land the Hebrews had come from in Egypt had worshipped many gods. Some of the Hebrew people had idols in their possession at the time

It was so tempting to worship like the locals. Do like everyone else and party every Saturday night. But they had been called and chosen by God Almighty, who had said, “Do not worship any other god.”  So now they must make a decision.

Joshua was all about making the most important choice we can make. It all started with God saying, “I will be your god and you will be my people.”  Israel didn’t apply for the job, God choose them and through Jesus has chosen us. Now the chosen are issued a challenge when Joshua said, “Choose this day whom you will serve.”

Being faithful to God is not easy. Acknowledging God is only a matter of recognition but choosing God requires the reordering of everything else in life. It takes real dedication, determination, and devotion. God’s people are severely warned that life with Yahweh is rigorous and demanding.

I say with Joshua: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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