“Who Will You Serve?”
This is an interesting question to ask people who have lived all their lives in a republic. Serving someone makes us think of a dictatorship.
We do serve though.
Some serve in the military. Some serve in organizations such as Brethren Volunteer Service, others may serve the Lord in missions.
We have choices to make about who we serve. So did the nations of Israel and Judah.
Please read the following verses and see what choice was made. Joshua 24:14-28
14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 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.” 16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.” 19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.” 21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.” 22 Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord.”Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied. 23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” 25 On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem, he drew up for them decrees and laws. 26 And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the Lord. 27 “See!” he said to all the people. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.” 28 Then Joshua sent the people away, each to his own inheritance.
These verses mean a lot to me. As the father of a household, I would come to say those words. It was much later than it should have been. I should have been an example to our sons, showing them how we will serve the Lord as a family.
I am glad I came to that point, I wish it had not taken me to my 42nd year of life to do that. However, I am so happy the Lord never gave up on me.
I do not deserve any of the gracious goodness He has given me. I am so joyful to be forever His. Even though I was not a good example to our sons, my wife was. She took over the Spiritual training of our sons because I hadn’t
And I praise the Lord that our sons have also decided to serve the Lord and can say As for me and for my house, we will serve the Lord.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;