As Joshua was nearing his death, he took the time to remind the Israelites of all the Lord had done for them. Additionally, he made clear that as good as God had treated them—should they not keep their commitment, it would be equally bad. Many forget that God is as just as he is merciful. God is slow to anger, but, he will not be mocked. The children of Israel experienced his wrath a number of times in their wanderings and now as he was dying, he felt compelled to remind them one more time. Too many want to focus on what God should give them and not on simply trusting, following and worshiping him.
In current times, the world and the church seem afraid to acknowledge God’s justice and ability to withdraw his hand and allow judgement and destruction. It is bad for God’s image…not politically correct and might offend a potential seeker. Well, it is time for the family of God to stand up and tell the truth—God is not OK with complete rebellion and chaos. No matter how much we give God lip service, if our lives do not match our promise, God will neither ignore our sin nor will he allow it to go unpunished. A Good parent takes time to discipline those he loves. God does love us and will correct us and discipline us for our eternal good. The choice we have to make is whether we will treat God as a father or simply an ATM. If we choose the latter, understand–there will be a price for that choice
God Bless you
“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. 15 But just as all the good things the Lord your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the Lord your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. 16 If you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.