Before entering the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua, Joshua says to the people, “So now, revere the LORD. Serve him honestly and faithfully. Put aside the gods that your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt and serve the LORD. But if it seems wrong in your opinion to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods whom your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But my family and I will serve the LORD.”
We easily turn our priorities, our possessions and our routines into idols. If you don’t believe me, just watch how people react when things have been moved or schedules have been changed. Congregations have divided over changing the hour of worship on a Sunday morning.
Joshua challenges those who are about to leave the wilderness and
enter into the Promised Land, “choose who you will serve.” The struggle is real as evidence in the larger reading for today. We may say we choose God, but our actions and words suggested otherwise.
If you pick God, then your choice will lead you to growth and service to God and to neighbor.
Take time to consider how when you choose God it infuses your day.
Prayer: God who brings order to chaos, who names and claims us as Your own, guide us this day, help us to experience your presence throughout our day. Amen.