No Matter What They Decide

Bill Brinkworth

Prior to Joshua’s death, he gathered the people of Israel together. He reminded them once again of all the great and mighty things God had done for them and their fathers. Joshua rehearsed how God took, gave, sent, plagued, brought, put, destroyed, and delivered for them in over 17 instances (Joshua 24:3-13).

In all the rememberances of the great helps God had performed for His people, the leader remembered all the failures of His people. He told them how they continued to backslide from God and repeatedly had to be rescued from the consequences of their poor choices. Many of the rescues God had to perform were because the people had not learned their lesson yet and still were of two opinions.

Sometimes they served God and sometimes they served the losing side and its false gods. Trying to live for God was a constant struggle for them. Their minds were not completely made up yet, or they would not have had made the same mistakes time after time.

No matter the loyalty of Israel to God, it was not a hard decision for Joshua. His mind was already made up. He had, a long time previously, decided who His God was, and that he would be faithful in obedience. It was no longer a struggle for him whom he would serve when he said:

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14-15

Israel’s leader used interesting terms in describing many of the people’s desire not to serve God. He used: “… if it seem evil”. This wording indicated that some of the people thought that serving their creator and protector was physically, socially, or morally bad for them. This thinking is not unlike the thoughts today by many. Too many think serving God and obeying his commands as recorded in the Bible are unprofitable to them because:

The world’s excuses for not serving God are not much different than those of today. The excuses come from the same rebellious and disobedient heart. No matter the time, the answer to God can be the same as Joshua’s: “… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15. No matter what others think or do, we can always be different and do right!


This lesson was featured in The Bible View #132.

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