I LOVE that you have chosen this verse! I just KNOW we would be fast friends, you and I. You see, I long more than anything to let the fragrance of God’s goodness fill every corner of my home. If you knew me well, you might laugh at that. Our house, in reality, is full of noise and mess and real life conversations (debates) and often resembles some kind of game-day chaos more closely than the sweet, safe haven I long for.
But this verse? It is my line in the sand. It reminds me that we get to choose. We get to choose Jesus in it all: the joy, sorrow, celebration, the mess, the noise, and the mundane. We choose to trust God for the grace and the grit we need to be present, grateful, and hopeful in whatever a day brings.
We need to. This generation needs the testimony of families who have made the intentional choice to be people of the Word, people of prayer, and people who serve, especially in a society where to do so is becoming widely unpopular.
That is exactly how it was for Joshua when he made this bold proclamation. He is speaking to the Israelite people, reviewing their long history, and how their sinful, stubborn hearts caused them to wander away from God over and over again. Joshua reminds them that it is God’s unrelenting faithfulness that has led them, redeemed them, and called them to be people of the covenant. He invites them to follow with their whole hearts, to decide once and for all if they will follow worthless idols or the One True God. “Choose for yourselves today” (Josh 24:15). Joshua is steadfast. His choice has already been made. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
That decision is ours as well.
My prayer is that this verse will remind you to intentionally serve the Lord. Lead your precious family to the feet of Jesus. Show up with all your flaws and brokenness. Remember His goodness. Speak your faith loudly. Let the love of Christ lead you to serve others. I just know God will bless you as you do.
Reflect and Respond:
1. How can you “choose for yourself today” to serve Jesus? Think of ways your family can be a blessing to someone else in a practical way.
2. Being intentional about faith means being intentional about time in the Word and in prayer. Make a standing appointment for time with Jesus every day. I promise it will become the favorite part of your day.
3. Carefully examine your life for “worthless idols”. Is there anything you need to remove from your daily routine to be able to follow God wholeheartedly?
Encouragement: God loves you and is holding your sweet family close.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11
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