March 7, 2017
Stake of Commitment
"Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses without turning to the right or to the left.... If serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve .... But for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 23:6; 24:15
Many years had passed since God told Joshua to cross the Jordan River and lead the Israelites into the land of promise. Joshua, now "old and well advanced in years," stood before the people to give his farewell address. Here Joshua echoes what God told him many years earlier when the heavy responsibility of leadership was placed on his shoulders. Then Joshua drives a stake of commitment regarding the leadership of his family. The echoes are just as relevant today as they were the day Joshua gave this address to the leaders of Israel. And the commitment is needed today more than ever.
Be very strong. The journey of life is filled with winding roads and unexpected turns. There is continual temptation to give in and give up. We are always one bad decision, one unguarded moment, from a life-altering decision. We must rely on the Holy Spirit's strength. We must stay strong.
Obey the Word. God's Word is the GPS for the journey. But unlike the annoying voices of GPS's, His voice is strong and encouraging. As we read His Word, He speaks to our heart. Be still, listen to His voice, and do what He tells you to do.
Don't compromise. There will always be opportunities for shortcuts on our journey. If we take the shortcuts of sin, we will always end up on the path to a dangerous destination. Stay on the path clearly marked by the Word. At times it may seem that you are the only one on the road of obedience. But don't compromise. Drive the stake of commitment--for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Father, remind us that You always provide the strength to handle all the twists and turns of life. Speak to us clearly through Your Word. By Your grace, keep us on the well-marked path all the way to eternity. In Jesus' name. Amen.