Daily Devotion - March 9, 2021 - As for Me and My House...

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 9, 2021
Reading:
Joshua 24:14-28
Weekly Theme: Crucial Choices
Today: As for Me and My Household…

I have been in many households and seen a wall-hanging which says, “As for me and my house (or household), we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 25:15c). This is a great witness, indicating that all who live within that house are claiming to live for and serve the Lord. It is not my place to judge their commitment to God, but it is a reminder to all in that household that God is present and aware of whether they are serving the Lord.

Joshua tells the people of Israel with whom he is speaking, that choosing the Lord is not an easy commitment to keep. He even tells them that they are not going to be able to serve the Lord. He gives them the reasons they will not be able to serve God beginning with the awesome holiness of God and the expectation that godly people should reflect God. He also tells them that God is jealous and will not forgive their rebellion and sins, if they forsake God and serve foreign gods, God will turn and bring disaster upon them. If you are like me, you are probably saying, “What? I thought God was forgiving?” Remember, that the people of Israel were under Mosaic law based on a covenant with God and if there was a breach of that covenant, there would be consequences. Thanks be to God… Jesus came to show us how to live a more holy life but also to redeem us from our sins by taking our place on the cross. That said, we can still suffer consequences in this life, in that when we turn away from the presence of God through sin, we distance ourselves from God. Repentance is an acknowledgement of sin in our lives, renouncing it and accepting our need for God to help us turn from sin.

Joshua provides the Israelites indicators of a life devoted to God which include being faithful, yielding to no other gods, and living a life that reflects obedience to God. He also reminds them (and us today) of the importance of both individual and mutual accountability as we walk with God. As a way to hold the Israelites accountable, Joshua placed a stone in a visible place to remind them of their decrees and vows to lead a holy life.

Just like Joshua, we need to be reminded of our commitment to God… perhaps through a plaque that hangs in a visible place for all to see in your home, perhaps through having accountability partners in our lives, perhaps through studying God’s Word daily or through prayer or through all of the above. The choice to serve God, comes with commitment to a lifestyle that reflects the claim “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord…”. How are we being held accountable to living a faithful and obedient life?  Join me in reflecting on this question during this Lenten season.

Dear God, thank you so much for the words of Joshua which are often said and repeated among Christians. Help each of us to take seriously the commitment to serving You and being obedient to your written Word as well as the ways that you continue to speak to us each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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