Pastor Joshua

Though I am behind in my Bible reading schedule, I am trying to keep up. Yesterday I finished Joshua. What I found fascinating was what Joshua told the congregation of Israel:

Then Joshua said to the people, “You will not be able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.” – Josh 24:19-20

I hope we cover this in Pastoral Counceling. :) What he is saying here is that the people should fear and worship God, but if that isn’t “cool” enough for them, then they should pick someone else to worship because God is jealous and will be hard on them if they choose Him and worship someone else. No religious pluralism here! Pick your god and go with it, but don’t play games with the Living God, “for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb 12:29 ESV).

Man, do we need this message today. There are so many things vying for our attention and devotion. Today’s idols aren’t silly little wood or bronze statues, they’re TVs (I call them “The One-eyed god”) or jobs or families or theological positions and they all screem for our attention and devotion. Choose for yourself whom you will serve, but don’t forget that being a Christian is not a passive state. LORD, grant that I might follow you more sincerely today, and even more so tomorrow. Amen.

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