And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
In a lifetime, we will make millions of choices: whether they are what to wear in the morning as we start our day, what to eat, what job to take, what person to marry, or which god we will serve. The balance of our lives hangs on our choices.
I know a person who made a very bad choice. This person walked closely with the Lord for many years, but got weary of life and the things that happened in life, and so this person decided to take matters into their own hands. This person made choices that I know for a fact, if those things could be re-done, they would be. These choices have had a devastating effect on this person, and it burdens me to look at the promising life that once stood before my friend, and the heartbreak that exists for my friend today.
Sometimes when we make choices, we seek the Lord whole-heartedly. We ask Him what He would have us to do. He shows us beyond a shadow of a doubt what he would want from us, and when we comply, He blesses our efforts. God loves obedience and submission.
Sometimes also, we make choices in which we do not seek the Lord. Instead of asking Him what we need to do, we ask Him to conform to our plans and to bless the situation into which we are about to thrust ourselves. It is during those times that God can either decide to show us common grace, which is the grace that He shows everyone, regardless of whether they believe, or He can allow our situation to swallow us up. Either way can work to our good, because if He is gracious to us, we have His love and mercy to show for it, or if He is not, we can choose to learn a dear lesson from the Lord.
Joshua gave the children of Israel a choice: he gave them the history of how their fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Aaron had all walked with the Lord, and the Lord blessed them. He protected them from and delivered unto them their enemies. He delivered them from Eqypt and took them to the place where He had promised. He told them that the least they could do is serve Him. But they had to make a choice. They had to choose to serve the God of the Bible or the god that they had constructed. Joshua decided that he and his household would serve the Lord.
Have you made that decision for your household? Have you decided whom you will serve? Do your children and your spouse know the God that you serve? Do they serve Him also? Choose this day to live for the Lord and walk closely with Him. It is a choice that you will never regret.