"As for me and my household we will serve the Lord". You might have seen this phrase on a plague, a quilt or a Dollie. It is a phrase, that is very powerful, but what is even more powerful is the response by the people that Joshua is speaking to. You see, Joshua was near the end of his life and he saw the people of Israel, God's people, not following the advice and ways that God has set before them. He knew he didn't have much time left, so he laid out for them the reasons that he and his household followed God. These reasons, included God honoring God's promise and by making Joshua and his household blest to be a blessing. When the people of Israel were reminded of what God has done for them and was still doing for them, they saw why Joshua was so impassioned in his speech. They saw why it was important that they need to figure out how they were going to walk or not walk with God on the journey ahead. This is why they said as a community "Therefore we also serve the Lord, for he is our God." Joshua asked them again, if they wanted to go through with this and they again repeated "We will serve the Lord!" Saying and doing the things that God wants us to do is hard. There are times, where we feel it is easier to just ignore what God asks for us to do. So how do we do what is right versus what is easy? How do we be the peace keepers; the people of integrity; and the people of grace and mercy? We listen to God and say to ourselves and others We will serve the Lord!
So what is God calling you to do this week? Where do you feel like in life to take the easy way out instead of God's way? Have you and your family talked about how God is working in your own lives and what God is calling you as a family to do?
Pastor Paul. I hope you find these reflections insightful and help you in your faith journey!