Does The Bible Say We Must Choose God? Joshua 24:15

Does God want us to drift through life and somehow float up to him at the end of it all, or is there a point where we have to make a choice?

"...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." Joshua 24:15.

Even though the people had conquered the Promised Land and were enjoying the blessing of the Lord Joshua challenges them that they must choose.

CHOOSE
God gives a choice; he does not force himself on us. That would not be a loving act on His part. If we are to love God we love him best if we chose to- not if we are forced to.

Choice is an act of personal will. Another cannot choose for you, it must be your own. You cannot say I serve the Lord because I was born to this family, or it the culture I live in. You must choose for yourself.

THIS DAY
We live one day at a time, one hour, at a time, and one moment at a time. We do not know what the next day or moment may bring. The Bible never says choose God someday, or you can wait. Scripture is full of, "Call on the Lord while he may be found,"* and, "Today is the day of salvation."** Don't say I will choose to serve God  later when you have time.

SERVE
We are created to serve God. We suspect it subconsciously and spend our lives looking for meaning or purpose, we are searching for Him but don't realize it. When we choose The Lord we find what we were designed for.

THE GODS OF....
The gods that their ancestors served and the gods of the Amorite people were inferior to the Lord. Many times the Lord proved himself better, stronger, superior, more loving, and more powerful than the gods of the pagans, whom He defeated many times. Why choose them?

BUT AS FOR ME
Regardless of what other people think Joshua chooses The Lord, and if no one else comes along he will still choose the Lord regardless.

Choose to serve the Lord this day.

To learn more about coming to the Lord see my other blog.


* Isaiah 55:6  ** 2 Corinthians 6:2

(c)Adron Dozat