“But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.”
The people said they would serve the Lord and this is how Joshua responds? Sometimes we say things when we don’t really know what we’re talking about. Sometimes we make commitments before we know how hard they will be to keep. Joshua gives the people a chance to change their minds, to reconsider. I think this pandemic era is an opportunity for us to take a hard look at our own commitment to the Lord. Have we been serious about our faith, or have we just been going through the motions? Maybe we can use this week to recommit ourselves to the One who gave himself on the cross to save us. Joshua lays down the gauntlet for his people demanding ‘choose this day whom you will serve.’ I hear a need for the same call today. There’s a lot going on in our world, let’s not get swept away but rather renew our choice to serve Jesus and find in him a sure foundation.