the right day to consider your choices.
“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.” Joshua 24:15 NIV
Some of us may have faced times in our lives when we have thought about turning away from the Lord. Perhaps life hadn’t been going our way, or something happened to us or someone we love that we are angry about. Maybe we blamed God, or maybe we questioned His very existence.
Joshua was a very capable leader and he willingly accepted his role as successor to Moses and successfully led the Israelites into the Promised Land. He did not become leader of the Israelites in spite of his faith in God. He became leader because of his faith. That faith gave him the courage and the wisdom needed to do what he knew God wanted done.
We all make choices, and the most important choice we can make is whether to follow God, or whether to follow our own human instincts, thoughts, and desires. If not God, in all His wisdom, power, grace, and glory, then who? How can we possibly think we can negotiate the highway of life on earth without God’s help? And without God, what awaits us when the bloom of our life withers and dies?
What is it that is so unattractive about everlasting life with God that makes any of us reject it? How could we possibly choose ‘nothing’ over the ‘something’ that awaits us when we follow the teachings of Christ and live for service to others as God so desires?
We can be pushed and pulled in a multitude of directions as we go through life. We can encounter tragedy that causes us to call God’s leadership to question. We can encounter smooth talking individuals who seem to have it made and have all the answers, but if the answer doesn’t include God, then it is really not an answer. Certainly not an answer that will lead us to a joyful everlasting life with God.
No matter what we are facing in our lives, it is easier to face it with God. No matter how attractive some misguided souls may make a life without God seem, we must all realize that choosing that particular option will not have the eternal peace and joy we will have if we choose to follow God.
Choose wisely. Your life, and your everlasting life, depend upon it.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson