But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
If we were asked to write a book based on our personal choices and life experiences, which genre would it be placed in; Romance, Crime, Mystery, Religious, Inspirational, Fantasy, or Horror? Would our book be categorized as fiction, because we did not tell the whole truth? And would we use our given name as the author, or perhaps a pseudonym is required to ensure our anonymity? Would our book be on the bestseller list based on the big reveal of trendy and fashionable choices identifying who we really serve?
In spite of their deliverance from many enemies, the Israelites had a hidden agenda, they were drawn to pagan idol worship. Historically, they had always been torn between serving the Invisible God and seeking the pleasures derived from enticing rituals and bowing to visible idols. In His mercies, God revealed their secret sins to Joshua, yet when they were confronted about their idol worship, the Israelites attempted to deceive Joshua. With boldness, they proclaimed that they were loyal to the one and only true God: Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! Joshua 24:16
The exposure of the truth produced new sins; they forgot that God is Omniscient, causing them to quickly respond with a lie that they only worshipped the God who had delivered them. However, their choices reflected pages of a fictional book–that which appears to be a reality is far from the truth. Through Joshua, God reminded the Nation of Israel that He was the Author, and the pages of their lives would be written according to His will, or he would allow harm to destroy them.
If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and consume you, even after He has been good to you. Joshua 24:20. Reflection on their past rebelliousness and the punishment that followed caused them to make a new covenant with God. But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:21
“All right then,” Joshua said, “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” Joshua 24: 23
Yes, God gave them the free will of choice; however, the Nation of Israel consistently rebelled against God and then cried out to Him to save them from the consequences of their sins. Our God is faithful in His love and mercies, He always forewarned them of the results of their sins, and extended the opportunity to repent.
We are living in a time in which God’s mercies are being withdrawn from the earth. Do our choices reflect that we have allowed God to write his plans on the pages of our lives, or have we made the decision to write our own books by worshipping the idols of secret desires? There is no middle ground; we must choose who we will serve by letting go of our hidden agendas.
Allow God to be the Author of your life by making a new covenant with Him, and the Book of your life will reflect your choice to serve the One and Only God.
Prayer: Dear God, Our choices reveal disobedience and idol worship of the pleasures of this world. We are not who we pretend to be. The Books of our Lives are displeasing to you, and for this, we ask forgiveness. We pray that you will cleanse us from all unrighteousness and fill us with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020