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Dr. June Normil
Recount God's Gracious Acts
Serve God Only
Having reviewed God's great faithfulness, Joshua called upon the Israelites to serve the Lord in sincerity and truth (Joshua 24:14-15). He challenged Israel to follow his example with singleness of heart in service to the Lord. Allegiance to false gods was to be rejected. While we might not be drawn toward physical idols, others influences can vie for our allegiance. Desire for material gain, power, and prestige can distract us from our commitment to God. We must guard against their influence and determine to serve God exclusively. While Israel affirmed Joshua's call, his response to them may seem unexpected (verses 16-20). There is hyperbole in his response, as God does forgive transgressions. However, Israel needed to take a sober look at themselves and the Lord's commands. They had to substantiate their commitment to God through their actions (verses 21-24). If they failed, their declaration would later indict them. Joshua's last act was the making of a covenant with the people (verse 25). If the people would serve God, He would care for them. We are wise to make the same commitment. God is faithful to His promises. In response, He expects to receive the faithfulness and love of His people.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 97 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov 2015 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil