1Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.
2Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, 4and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt.
5“ ‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 6When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemenaas far as the Red Sea.b 7But they cried to the Lord for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.
8“ ‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land. 9When Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor to put a curse on you. 10But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.
11“ ‘Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands. 12I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. 13So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’
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. 15But 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.”
This so very powerful because you can see how good God is. The Israelites have been through so much at this point since leaving Egypt, and yet God always took care of them. He never stopped. God loves us and will always take care of us. The thing is, you have to make the decision to follow Him. Just like in Joshua 24:15
15But 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.
This is very valid in today’s world. There are so many out there who God is trying to get hold of, and they just choose not to listen. You have to understand something, God will never force himself on you. He will always give you a choice whether to follow Him or not. You will always have that choice and He will never give up trying to get hold of you. I want you to understand something, it is never too late! Until you take your last breath, then and only then, is it too late. God loves you!
He loves you enough that He sent His Son to die for all of us to pay the penalty that we should have paid. He took it on himself. He is the One true God, and it’s never too late to accept Him and to turn your life around. We can’t do it on our own.
I know life is rough, I get that and there are a lot of people around you who might make light of you. But the one thing you need to make sure of, is that you follow God because in the end, no one is going to be standing in front of God with you. You will give account for all you did, just as everyone will give account for what they did. Choose this day whom you will serve. When I stand before God I want Him to tell me, well done good and faithful servant. You see, Joshua and the Israelites had their issues just like everyone, because even though Joshua was this great leader, the only reason he was that great leader was because he trusted by the one true God, who made the heavens and the earth.
We all fall down. All the great men of scripture had one thing in common, they trusted God to do what He said He would.
So will you make that choice to trust God? Has He been trying to get hold of you? Choose to trust Him and He won’t let you down. The Israelites had their share of struggles and failures but God took care of them and He’ll do the same for you.
So who will you serve?
Remember: God Loves you and so do I
Adam M. Losekamp (Evangelist)
Words of Life Evangelism