JOSHUA 24:15 (NIV) – “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua was making his position clear. Today, it might be translated in Ennis-vernacular to read this way: “Look, if following God seems wack to you, then follow your own God: money, power, sex, or the culture’s definition of what seems cool. But everyone under my roof will follow God.”
Every day, we have to face challenges. Some may seem like small decisions, but could really have terrible consequences. Other choices may seem as big as mountains, but really mean nothing in the plans of your life. Challenges show up in what we choose to pay attention to: a music video, an R-rated movie, the lyrics on the radio, our friends’ lifestyles. What or who we choose to follow dictates the course of our lives.
Joshua basically said, “Look, no matter what, I’m runnin’ with God. Whatever He says, is what I’ll do.” He chose God’s way over the ways of everything else going on in the world. And for that, God blessed him. Every day, we have to make a choice of who or what to follow. If I have to go through struggles, I’d rather have God guiding me through those struggles.