July 27

Today is…

a fine day to choose.

“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today who you will serve…”  Joshua 24:15a NASB

When Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem, he did so to remind them to always make a conscious choice to follow God. He made sure they understood that his personal belief was to follow God and encouraged them not to be misled by man-made idols.

Joshua stressed the importance of believing in God from the time he first heard God tell him, “Moses My servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.” (Joshua 1:2 NLT).

Joshua had proved himself to be a very capable leader and a superb military tactician. He also followed the Law of Moses and worshiped only God and delivered the Israelites into the Promised Land. And now that he was nearing death, he found it necessary to remind people of the reasons they should worship only God.

Many times in our lives we ask God for His blessing on plans that we have made or hopes that we have. God hears us and helps things work out the way we wanted, but somehow we often fail to give Him credit and often forget that He makes everything possible. We begin to take the credit ourselves. We get caught up in our own success and soon we are not worshiping God anymore.

Instead we pay homage to what we have and focus only on what we need to do to keep it and to get more.

Joshua made it clear to the Israelites what his position was and what the position of his family was.

“…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15c NASB).

He made it known publicly that all he had and all he was had nothing to do with himself or man-made idols and everything to do with God. He had put all of his trust in God from the moment he took the reins of leadership from Moses.

No one can force us to do anything we don’t want to do, or to believe anything we don’t want to believe. But if we pay attention to what great leaders like Joshua tried to teach those who followed them, we may learn a very important lesson.

Joshua challenged the Israelites to make a choice.

After listening to all he had to say, “The people said to Joshua, ‘We will serve the Lord our God and we will obey His voice.’” (Joshua 24:24 NASB).

The choice is yours, of course, and it’s a fine day to make the right one.


Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
This entry was posted in "TODAY IS....A Gift From God" and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to July 27

  1. I live this verse and the message you unpacked so well here. I had that verse engraved on a wedding band for my husband a few years ago because, like Joshua, his choice to serve the Lord impacts generations. His faithfulness is his greatest gift to me and to our children.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s