“The people replied, ‘We would never abandon the Lord and serve other gods. For the Lord our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us. It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. So we, too, will serve the Lord, for he alone is our God.’ ” 24:16
We always have the best intentions, don’t we? Yet, soon enough, fear creeps in, doubt grows and disobedience occurs.
What is the key to staying faithful to God?
Remembering. These people have first-hand seen God rescue them with big, sweeping miracles. What have you personally experienced in your life that you can look back on in moments of doubt?
Destroying your idols. What do you reach for in your life when you need help or you’re trying to escape? What (or who) do you worship instead of God?
Turn your heart towards God. How do you posture your desires and fears towards God? For me, it’s often prayer or worship (read: singing off-tune songs in my car or kitchen). When I’m feeling shut down, it takes a measure of discipline to direct my attention to God. I’d rather eat, drink, spend money, nap, over-exercise and just overall distract.
Take a minute and reflect on the journey Joshua has been on with God. How do you make a daily choice to serve God?
Tomorrow we jump back in to the New Testament with Philemon.