Joshua 24:14-15, NIV
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua gave the people of God three choices – you can either vote for the gods of Egypt, the gods of the Amorites or the Lord! No, it wasn’t an election, but the people were being challenged by their leader to make a choice and there were three obvious choices they could make. ‘Who are you going to serve?’ Joshua asked. He also made it very clear that as their leader, there was no doubting the choice he was making – he, and all his household, were going to serve the Lord.
When a nation elects a political party to govern their country, they have to live with the consequences of their choice. And similarly, when we choose which ‘god or gods’ we are going to serve, we have to live with the consequences of that choice also. The election of a political party only gives them power for a relatively short period of time. But when we choose the gods that we are going to serve, the consequences can go beyond the realms of time and affect our eternal destiny as well.
So, as the British people, right now, are going through the process of deciding who they are going to vote for at a General Election, I’d like to encourage you to be thinking about something far more important – the choices you make which can affect eternity as well as time. The gods of Egypt and the gods of the Amorites had been proven to be false gods, but the problem with false gods is that they are attractive, because they can be made to fit in with whatever lifestyle or morality you would like them to have. It’s easy to follow a god which lets you do whatever you like, without reference to whether or not that is either good for you or right. False gods always distort the truth and sell you a lie.
The Lord is not a false god, He is the living God whose love and laws provide the boundaries of safety for the whole of mankind. If we choose to follow and serve Him, we may sometimes find that His Word says ‘No’ to things our flesh would want to say ‘Yes’ to. But serving false gods can be a bit like voting for a god who encourages us to say ‘Yes’ to the things that will destroy us from the inside out and eventually rob us of life itself.
It’s not only time to seek the Lord, it’s time that those who know and love Him should be voting with their feet and turning away from the gods of this world and keeping their focus on the Lord – and Him alone! His is the very best government for our lives, under which we will be secure for time and eternity.
Prayer: Thank you Lord God that You are totally trustworthy and that Your love and Your laws provide all those who choose to follow you with security for time and eternity. I choose, this day, to love and serve the Lord! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.