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Never, until now, has there been a nation that has seen God’s direction and miraculous hand guide its emergence and growth—as did Israel. Now at the close of Joshua’s life, he looked the people in the eyes and made one final plea—“Choose this day whom you will serve!” Joshua knew that God had freed the people from the daily need to depend upon him for their food and water—the Manna had stopped. They were no longer wanderers–now settled in established cities and lands, crops planted and harvests in full bloom.
With the pressure off and direct dependence no longer evident—Joshua made a dying plea to the people, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” He realized that unless they chose to serve God—they would be drawn to the idols of their ancestors or worse of the former inhabitants of the land. The worship of idols is easier and requires little real sacrifice. You can see the idol, touch the idol and compartmentalize the idol—because it is not real. When, conversely, you worship the Lord, it is a living, active and accountable relationship.
Like Israel, America is a nation formed by and blessed by God. Our Pledge says, “One nation, UNDER GOD, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” While so many would have us remove the phrase “UNDER GOD”, they fail to realize you simply cannot have one without the other. Only a nation committed to God can live selflessly enough to give liberty and justice to all. Like Joshua, God calls out to America today and says, “Choose this day—whom you will serve!” Like Joshua, The Smith house humbly stands and exclaims, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!”
God Bless You
“Now fear the Lord(AN) and serve him with all faithfulness.(AO) Throw away the gods(AP) your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt,(AQ) 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 ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites,(AR) in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household,(AS) we will serve the Lord.”(AT)
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake(AU) the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery,(AV) and performed those great signs(AW) 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(AX) before us all the nations,(AY) including the Amorites, who lived in the land.(AZ) We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.(BA)”