Friday, April 13, 2018

Joshua 24:14, 23 NIV 2011

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.”

“Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

 

Having lived in the Promised Land for a long time, Joshua summoned the leaders and said, “I am very old.” He recounted with them the Lord’s faithfulness as they established the nation. He then revealed their weakness in worship by turning to little idols. These wooden or metal idols needed to be destroyed. Solomon echoed that same sentiment when he dedicated the temple. 1 Kings 8:58, “May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.” God’s people are called to trust, serve and worship the Lord alone.

 

“Well, I don’t worship any idols!” Studying God’s Word I see there are still idols in my life. I don’t need to be right all the time. That’s what He’s helping me overcome. May not seem like much but it can get in the way of relationships. Loving math has always made me strive for the correct answer. Life is unlike math. I need to trust Him for the right answer. Daily I will worship and serve the Lord.

 

What idols keep us from serving Him?

 

Trusting in the Lord,

S

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