Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

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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 God Joshua challenges them that they must 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.

To choose 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 I serve the Lord because it is my culture. You must choose for yourself.

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 some day later on.

We are created to serve God. We suspect it subconsciously and spend our lives looking for meaning or purpose, we do not realize it but this is an expression that we are searching for Him. When we choose The Lord we find what we were designed for.

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?

Regardless of what other people think Joshua chooses The Lord, and if no one else comes along he will still choose the Lord regardless. It is like he is saying if he is the only one then he will still choose the Lord even if it makes him a social outcast then he will still choose the Lord.

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

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