“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in
truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on
the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!…
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….As for
me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
This passage records Joshua’s final address to the children
of Israel – his exhortation to forsake idolatry and serve God
alone. Joshua made clear that his decision had been made. He
was going to serve the Lord no matter what, and he asked the
people to follow his example.
This wasn’t the first time Joshua took a righteous stand. As a
young man, Joshua served as a spy in Canaan. When he returned
to the people of Israel and reported his findings, he didn’t cower
or give in to peer pressure. He assured the people that the Lord
would be with them if they would choose obedience.
When Joshua took the mantle of leadership from Moses, he
trusted God’s instructions in the Battle of Jericho. Rather than
follow conventional wisdom, he led the people to obey God and
won a great victory.
America needs a leader like Joshua – a leader that is resolved
to serve the Lord and inspires others to do the same.
Father, help us to choose a leader that models a steadfast trust
in You and a resolve to do what is right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.