Scripture: Joshua 24:16-33
Key verses: (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 faithfulness of God. This happened right before, Joshua, their leader, died.
It is important at times of transition to review where you have been in order to know where you are going. The people of Israel recommitted themselves to the LORD. They did this by remembering how they were released from a life of bondage in Egypt to become a free people united under God’s commandments and ordinances. They were given new life. Laws were put in place so that they might experience true freedom within boundaries. Joshua encouraged the people to forsake the other gods they had been serving and choose the LORD. This was especially important as they moved into a new land.
Perhaps you are moving into a “new land” where life will be different. Maybe it’s a move to another city, job, school, retirement community or some other adventure. This would be a good time to review where you have been and how you have been travelling through life. Take an inventory of what you have learned from the past and reflect on how God has been faithful. Have there been times when you created lesser gods to worship? Gods of work, achievement, or possessions? Maybe it’s time to put these things in their proper place. What might happen if all our choices served God? How might we be blessed as we renew our commitment to God, ourselves and each other?
The world is constantly changing. Our lives and circumstances, over time, will continue to change. Will we be faithful?
Prayer: Almighty God, you love us with a fierce love. Help us to remember that you have called us to have no other God’s before you. Help us to let go of the gods that we worship that can never satisfy. May we always remember your faithfulness to us. 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].