He was Faithful to You, Be Faithful to Him
Text: Joshua 23-24
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” These words grace many a plaque or decorative item in Christian homes everywhere (mine included), but do we think about the story behind this declaration? Joshua is old and nearing the end of his life, and he gathers the tribes for a final admonition. Joshua reminds them again of how God brought them from Egypt, provided for them in the wilderness, delivered them from their enemies, and gave them the land. It all sounds wonderful and inspirational, but Joshua knows their habits, for it is the same tendency that plagues you and me. We may have experienced great victories, but after some time has passed, we tend to forget the Lord’s hand in it, and fall back to relying on our own strengths and giving in to our selfish desires. So Joshua warns them of the dangers surrounding them. They can easily bring back idolatry, they can mingle their family’s godly heritage with the wicked families surrounding them, and if they forsake God, He will bring judgment upon them. We know the rest of the history of Israel, and it is not a pretty one.
As we close our study of Joshua, let us listen to Joshua’s warning. Don’t forget the wondrous miracles God has done for you. Don’t follow your old habits. Don’t try to fight your battles alone. Seek your Captain’s instructions, choose this day whom you will serve, and remember Joshua’s words in Joshua 23:10, “for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you.”