And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
The wilderness can do strange things to people. Those we thought were solid, steady, and stable can be the first to become shaky while in the wilderness. Life does not quit coming when the wilderness presents itself.
What should have been an 11- or 12-day journey turned into 40 years of wandering because of a choice, a choice that not only affected Moses, but all those of his generation that God had delivered out of bondage. Why do we seemingly forget so soon the goodness of God? How come we tend to lose sight of the blessings of God when we see the first dark cloud appear?
We spend more time complaining, measuring, and compiling information about the storm, wilderness, or wasteland, instead of reminding believers around us what God has and will do in our lives. Joshua reminds Israel, it was a choice that got you here, and it will be a choice that gets you out of here to the Promise Land.
There is a song George Jones sang that said, “I’ve had choices since the day I was born. There where voices that told me right from wrong. If I had listened, no I wouldn’t be here today, living and dying with the choices I’ve made.”
So, let me be like Joshua today and tell you to remember tomorrow’s blessing rides on today’s obedience. Tomorrow’s consequence rides on today’s choice. Tomorrow’s response rides on today’s request. Just like Joshua said, remember what God has done for you and choose wisely today for tomorrow.
Our prayer for you this week: May you choose Jesus in all you do.