Joshua 24:14-24

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking him to meet you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods, for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. And the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”

But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.”

And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him.”

And they said, “We are witnesses.”

He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel.”

And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.”

– Joshua 24:14-24

Devotion

Often when we look back over our faith journey, the past is marked by key events – specific times of commitment or change in our lives.

Joshua was calling the people of Israel to make this day a day of commitment.

Take a moment to go back over the reading today and look at what Joshua was calling the people to commit to. How did they respond?

The Big Question

Is today a day of commitment for you? Share that commitment with God in prayer.

Today may not be a big day of commitment for you, but it may be a reminder for you that you want to obey God’s voice. Is there something specific that God is reminding you of today? Maybe it’s a conversation you need to have with someone, or small lifestyle change that you wanted to make that you need to start doing again. Thank God for the reminder today and follow through.

Conclude in prayer and silence, reflecting on what you’ve learned.