Take a moment. Close your eyes and mind to everything around you. Let the noise of the world fade.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
In the quiet of this time, rest in that promise.
“So now, revere the Lord. Serve him honestly and faithfully. Put aside the gods that your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt and serve the Lord. But if it seems wrong in your opinion to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods whom your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But my family and I will serve the Lord.”
Joshua speaks boldly here. Sometimes you must take a stand even if it is unpopular or dangerous. When I was in middle school, one of my friends was bullied as I stood by. The bully was older than my friend and me, and he had several people behind him, encouraging his behavior and backing him up. Since that day, oh how I have wished to return to that moment at my current height and weight (6’3” and 200 pounds). That day, however, I chose not to stand by my friend. I was afraid.
In today’s verses, Joshua calls on the people of Israel to take a stand, to serve God with faithfulness. This rings in my ears constantly. Sometimes I respond in ways that illustrate my devotion to God, other times I fall short. Regardless, God – the One who started it all – is there to offer forgiveness and grace and to encourage me to try again.
Whom do you serve? Are you willing to make tough choices? God is there.
God, give me courage to make tough choices for you. When I fail, remind me of your grace, and let me know there will be another chance. God, help me serve you. Amen.
Go from this time asking, “Whom will I serve today?”
Remember, you’re not a random accident. God, the author of all things, started your story and has your back.
God is worthy of your service.