Today’s Tasting: Joshua 22–24 (MSG): These final verses in the Book of Joshua chronicle the last days of his life. He delivered a farewell speech, reminding the people of all the Lord had done and exhorting them to continue to be faithful to keep the Lord’s commandments:
“Only this: Be vigilant in keeping the commandment and the Revelation that Moses the servant of God laid on you: Love God, your God, walk in all his ways, do what he’s commanded, embrace him, serve him with everything you are and have” (Joshua 22:5).
“Now stay strong and steady. Obediently do everything written in the Book of the Revelation of Moses—don’t miss a detail. Don’t get mixed up with the nations that are still around. Don’t so much as speak the names of their gods or swear by them. And, by all means, don’t worship or pray to them. Hold tight to God, your God, just as you’ve done up to now” (23:6–8).
“So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped on the far side of the River (the Euphrates) and in Egypt. You, worship God. If you decide it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God” (24:14, 15).
Today’s Nourishment: Reading these chapters, I noticed that one theme was repeated again and again, and that was for God’s people to love Him, obey His commandments, and worship Him only, no matter what. They had seen all the miracles He had done, and He had brought them through trial after trial. God does the same for us today: He takes care of us, leads, guides, and delivers us, and loves us. And all He asks is that we love, obey, and worship Him only, no matter what. In other words, “… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (24:15 NKJV).
Tomorrow’s Delight: Judges 1–2
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