Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:14-15
The theme for this week’s DBOs is Choices. Choices that the Lord gives to us to make in this life that He has given to us to live. The choice to serve Him, or not. The choice of blessing, or curse. The choice to choose life that you may live. The choice to be faithful and true, or not. The choice to stay awakened, or asleep.
Joshua was around 40 years old when he and Caleb and 10 others spied out the Promised Land. After his spy mission, he chose to serve alongside Moses, as his assistant, which lasted 40 years of wandering in the desert. Joshua faithfully served alongside Moses until Moses’ death. At around 80 years old, God placed Joshua in a position of leadership of the people of Israel. He led for the next 30 years. When Joshua presented the choice to serve the Lord to the people of Israel in the passage above, it was near the end of his life (he died at 110 years old). He had made a choice long ago to serve the Lord, and had done so, faithfully, for at least 70 years.
Joshua’s choice to serve the Lord vs. other “gods” positioned him for successive service and leadership roles where God used his faithful service to be a blessing to the people of Israel. Our choice to serve the Lord vs. other “gods” (insert anything here that might attempt to take God’s place in your life) can be a blessing to the people that are in our lives each day, and those we come into contact with. Serving the Lord faithfully presents an example for others to follow, much like Joshua did for the people of Israel.
Daily Battle Order:
Ask yourself this question: Who do you serve? Yourself? Wealth? Fame? Retirement Fund? If your first answer is not the Lord, then, your priorities are out of order. In Matthew 6:33, God’s Word says “But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that serving God will make you wealthy or famous or increase your retirement fund! It does mean that God will bless your choice to serve Him, and wouldn’t you rather have God’s blessing above any other? Kingdom Man, choose to serve the Lord!