14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”
Making a declaration like in Joshua 24:14,15 is just as important today as it was when Joshua said it. By this time Joshua had wandered in the wilderness for 40 years until the generation that had disobeyed God had all died. Joshua suffered punishment because he was a part of a group of disobedient people. The same thing happens today, when others are disobedient to God and you go without saying anything or don’t separate yourself from that group when they don’t listen the punishment for them can and will affect you. God allows everyone to make their own choice because God knows true love is chosen not forced. So today it is important that you choose whom you will serve, but know that to serve anything other than God is foolish and ultimately causes you to end in ruin. When you choose to serve God it will be the best decision of your life. When you choose God stand up, declare it, speak it, make it known to people through your actions and words. People will come against you but do not fear them. God calls all of His servants to stand up for Him. Like Joshua stand firm, sometimes you do it alone and sometimes your stand brings others to do the same.
– Christine Sawyer
Accompanying Song – As For Me And My House By John Waller