fear the LORD,
serve Him in sincerity and in truth,
and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt.
Serve the LORD!
And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD,
choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
LORD Jesus we praise You, God Almighty and Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we do not put You first in our life. Enable us to seek You, to love You, and to obey what You have commanded us to do. Yes, precious LORD Jesus, give us ears that hear Your Voice and guide us to do as we have been told by the Word. Guard our heart, mind, and soul and strengthen us so that we will keep our focus on You, LORD, and not on other gods in whatever form they may appear in our life. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
According to our Bible Reading Plan, we read these two verses, found in the Book of Joshua chapter twenty-four, on the 8th of April of every year. They are only a part of the scheduled reading, but they usually trigger food for thought for my blog. (See Obedience is the Key and Serve the LORD!)
In April of this year, in my post Restored for What?, I mentioned two other verses (Joshua 24:22-24) in which Joshua reminds the people again to “put away the foreign gods.” And how did the people respond?
And the people said to Joshua,
“The LORD our God we will serve,
and His voice we will obey!”
As Christians, could we really be in danger of having other gods before the King of kings and LORD of lords? Is there anything or anyone in our life that we have made into a god? If so, how are we to put away the god/s and serve Him only? That will be our topic in next week’s blog posts.
Serve Him in sincerity and in truth today.