Thursday, November 8, 2012

Decision Time - November 8, 2012

Joshua 24:13-15(The Message)

13(God said:) “I handed you a land for which you did not work, towns you did not build. And here you are now living in them and eating from vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.

14 “So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped on the far side of The River (the Euphrates) and in Egypt. You, worship God.

15 “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living.

As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.”

When the nation of Israel had journeyed far, after being established though Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, after being led out of slavery in Egypt by Moses and wandering the desert for over 40 years, after crossing the Jordan and conquering all their enemies in the land, Joshua asked the people to make a decision whether or not they would follow the One who brought them through it all. He offered them a choice between following after the ways of other gods or The God who had done it all for them. For Joshua the decision was easy; he and his family would serve the Lord God, that had been with him and led them through it all.

For us, the situation has been very much the same; we have been living in a land that was established by our forefathers, blessed with every bounty imagineable, and existed in relative ease for over 236 years. We would not have come through the struggles that we have had as a nation, without the divine guidance of Providence. Our forefathers recognized this fact, and honored God through the written word found in our founding documents and laws, with inscribed praises to Him on our national buildings and monuments, and through acknowledgements in our Nation's motto and on our money.

Yet as we stand here in November of 2012, our Nation has a choice to make as well. Will it continue to turn its back on God who has given it all to them, and who has blessed them in most every situation, and choose to follow after the ways of the world, worshipping the idols and gods of wrath, greed, lust, gluttony, laziness, pride and envy? Or, will the Nation choose to humbles itself , ask forgiveness for its sins, and seek after the God who has provided it all? As individuals will we run after the ways of the fallen world or will we accept God and His provision for our salvation, Jesus Christ?

As for me and my family the decision is clear: We will serve the Lord! What will you choose to do?

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