Friday, September 14, 2018

Choose Whom You Will Serve?

The battles were over, the war had been won. The land God had promised to give the Israelite nation centuries earlier was finally theirs. Joshua, bent under the pressure of leading the people into battle so often, stood before those who had followed him one more time. But instead of leading them in a jubilant victory party, he asked but one question, “Choose whom will you serve?”

Some in the crowd looked confused. Others put back the corks in their champagne bottles. Everyone became quiet. Again, he shouted, “Choose whom will you serve?” What did the old man mean?

In his raspy voice he said, “You know I was with Moses from the beginning. I’ve seen it all. I’ve been there every single time you ran after other gods the moment things didn’t go your way. Now you are here. You’ve seen what God has done for you with your own eyes. You didn’t tear down the walls of Jericho, God did. You didn’t win all those battles because of your military prowess, God was fighting for you and you know that. So, I ask you again, who are you going to serve? Are you going to serve the Living God who made you his special people, or, at the first sign of pain are you going to run after a cheap drugstore god who offers you instant relief?”

Silence hung over the sea of people. Suddenly, the weak voice took on an almost superhuman strength. Joshua’s parting words to his people rang out loud and clear for all to hear, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”

Who will you serve? Will you answer with Joshua, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord?”

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Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.