But maybe you don’t want to serve the Lord. You must choose for yourselves today. Today you must decide who you will serve. Will you serve the gods that your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River? Or will you serve the gods of the Amorites who lived in this land? You must choose for yourselves. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15, Holy Bible, Easy-to-Read Version)

Joshua, the leader of the Israelites after Moses, talked straight in his last charge before his death. He reminded them that Terah, Abraham’s father, worshipped idols, but Abraham chose a better way and served one God. Joshua spoke of how that allegiance handed down through the generations had brought them from Egypt back to their homeland. Then he offered them personal choices.

Major decisions like where you live, where you work, where you spend your leisure time, and whom you associate with mold your life. But there is no greater influence than choosing to worship the one supreme God. Today, can you say with Joshua “…as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord?”

Prayer: Eternal God, Joshua’s declaration is a reminder that I must make that my personal decision, not just read it as a Bible story. Today, I recommit my decision to serve You. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore


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