A Moment of Decision
Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates 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 ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, 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 24:14-15
In this situation, Joshua gathered all the leaders and all the people of Israel to challenge them. He stood on the nation's stage and spoke plainly about their options. He charged a nation to commit. He made the decision clear. They could either serve God or serve other gods. But how he said this was interesting. He dared them to serve one thing since serving everything meant serving nothing.
The lesson is this. We will all have to make decisions. And in this moment of decision, we cannot stand for everything. If we try to stand for everything, we may end up standing for nothing. Joshua was not that man. He was a man that took a stand. He picked a direction and took responsibility for it because he knew this first decision would influence every other decision. He weighed the options and decided God was the one to fear and that he would faithfully serve him alone. In doing so, all other decisions were decided.
In our time, we are given so many options that we now face anxiety in decision-making. It's the fear of missing out. And sometimes, we avoid making decisions because of this fear. Therefore we don't decide to keep our options open if we change our mind and something better comes our way. But this only results in more anxiety given more choices. It results in an aimless life. Instead, when given choices, we should fear God first and commit to following him alone. When we do this, we no longer miss out because this first decision results in the best decision that leads to the best results every single time.
So keeping the actionable simple — if you are a follower that has decided to put God first, what decision do you need to make today knowing God is in first place? If you are not a follower of God, who are you following? If not God, then choose something to follow because following everything is not an option.
ASK THIS: What decision do you need to make today knowing God is in first place?
DO THIS: Make that decision. (Share it in the comments below.)
PRAY THIS: God, today I choose to put you first, and everything else will be radically second.
PLAY THIS: I Will Follow.
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