We all know our lives are guided by the choices we make. Each day there are many such decisions and often we make them without much thought. However, there are some decisions that lead us right up to a wall, a mountain or into deep valleys. This is when we must stop, breathe deeply and dig deep within our faith-system, and fervently pray. Life choices are not always easy, but the end results can bring great blessings from God. That is His intention and desire for us!
Joshua called the Israelites to make a choice as he was on his death bed (Joshua 24:15-21). He led them across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. They conquered Jericho, along with several other key cities and territories. The tribes had laid claim to their chosen regions to settle. Joshua's assignment was complete, except for this one: to lay this challenge (choice) upon the shoulders of the Children of Israel! "Choose you this day whom you will serve!"
As Believers, we face this choice so often in life. Young people are asked to make a choice as they return to school. Choices of friends, relationships, behavior, study habits, cooperation, Christian values - all are so important. These choices will define them as they interact with fellow students, faculty and family. Adults, too, make crucial decisions/choices at each of life's junctions: jobs, life-partners, children, foundational faith decisions, church affiliation and participation, managing finances, etc.
When times are good, it seems decision-making is easier. When things tighten up (car breaks down, illness in family, loss of jobs, etc) we often are tempted to go the 'easy route' instead of letting our faith-system guide us through. Joshua knew well the power and wisdom of Almighty God. He had witnessed too many miracles in the Wilderness under Moses' leadership. How could he doubt God now that all of His directives had held true? He couldn't and probably could not understand why the Children of Israel would not willingly put their complete faith and trust in "the God of their forefathers."
Joshua was unwavering in his faith, knowing that if he faithfully served God, He would provide in all situations. So now, in his farewell speech, Joshua challenged these tribes with the choice of whom they wouldl serve. "We will serve the Lord", they promised (v 21).
Today, we still confront the same question: Whom will we serve? Think what you will choose: God or everything else out before you? My prayer is 'you will make the choice to serve God!'