“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, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (24:15)
Faithfulness has a lot to do with remembering. The leaders of Israel would forever be setting up reminders of the LORD’s power on their behalf. This was their number one defense against backsliding.
The temptation to continue in old family traditions (serving the gods beyond the Euphrates) and the temptation to do what the culture and people around you are doing (serving the gods of the Amorites) still remains today. As was their best defense then, our best defense now is remembering the powerful faithfulness of our God.
“Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the LORD had done for Israel.” (24:31)
Having leaders that remember their own experiences with God are the best. When this generation dies out, Israel spirals into the times of the judges and “everyone does what is right in their own eyes”. It is an age-old problem, trying to raise the next generation to love and serve God. People need to see Him for themselves. Do they see Him in you? Are you living proof of His powerful faithfulness? Do you share your experiences with God with people and keep track of your own stories of His power?
Every day is a choice. Choose this day who you will serve. Family tradition? Cultural norms? The God of Abraham is powerful. Do you testify about Him? Do you actively serve Him? Today is a choice and here, it’s all laid out. What will it be?