Scripture: Joshua 24: 16-33
Key Verses: Joshua 24:16-17a “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 ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight.”
Reflection: At the end of the book of Joshua, the tribes of Israel renew their covenant with the LORD God. This last chapter tells a condensed history of their journey into the promised land and the Lord’s faithfulness. This happens right before Joshua, their leader, dies.
It is important at times of transition to review where you have been in order to know where to go. The people of Israel recommit themselves to the LORD. They do this by remembering how they were freed from a life of bondage in Egypt to become a free people united under God’s commandments and ordinances. They were given new life – a direction – that helped them build community and a life together.
There are times in our lives as a community, and also in our individual lives, when renewal of purpose is appropriate and important. The summer months provide us an opportunity for a change of pace and potentially more leisure time. How are you using this time? If you are in a life transition, this might be a good time to review your life and reflect upon your faith and purpose. Remember the God who created you and celebrate the life you have been given. Renew your commitment to follow Jesus Christ and set new goals for the rest of the year. If appropriate, ask for guidance so you can move forward. Above all, remember the LORD God is the one who sets the captives free, including you.
Prayer: Faithful God, help us to live into the freedom you provide. Remind us of your faithfulness and great love. Where we are held captive – set us free – so that we might fully live as your people. With grateful hearts we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].