Making the RIGHT choices in our lives
March 11 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 22-24
After having served as the leader of Israel for many years, Joshua is old and knows that he is going to die shortly (Josh 23:1, 14). So, he gathers all the Israelites together to give his ‘farewell address’ in Shechem (Josh 23:2; 24:1). He reminds everyone of God’s bountiful grace and mercy, how God has led them through all these past years and how God has given them rest from all their enemies. As he concludes his speech, Joshua issues the following challenge to the Israelites: "Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Josh 24:14-15).
The Israelites respond to Joshua’s challenge with these words: "The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!" (Josh 24:24). The book of Joshua concludes like this: "Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel" (Josh 24:31).