Choices. Life is full of them. Every day we rise to face choices. Some are mundane and trivial, choices that do not affect our lives in any meaningful way. Others can shape our path for the rest of our lives and even into eternity.
In the book of Joshua, we find one such situation facing God’s people and the repercussions of their choice will affect them forever. Joshua is nearing the end of his life when he gathers the people at the end of the book of Joshua. He delivers a farewell speech so to speak and in it, he reminds the people of all the good God has done for them. He then gives them a final choice to make. He tells them to decide who they will ultimately serve.
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Like a multiple choice question on a test, there’s only one correct answer. Many times when faced with a difficult decision, we’ll stall or choose not to decide at all. But opting out is not a choice. Joshua says that we will either offer ourselves to other “gods” or we will offer ourselves to the one true God. Saying yes to God means that we must answer no to the other choices. We can’t pick to serve God and then add a few other things in along the way. The other options, wealth or power, sexual immorality or substances, pride or prestige are like a mirage. They can never satisfy. There’s nothing in this world more correct than God.
Joshua picks his side. He definitively and boldly declares his allegiance to the one true God. He’s confident he’s found the answer to the choice he is faced with and he decides with no regret or remorse.
So what about us? We are faced with the same decision as Joshua was. We can choose to continue as of the world, chasing after its trappings and temptations, or we can choose to serve God. As or me and my household, we will serve the Lord!
“Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.”