Joshua held firm in his commitment to the Lord no matter what or who the others decided to follow. Shortly after Joshua’s bold declaration, the people immediately responded with a unanimous agreement that they would serve no other god but the Lord.
However, Joshua’s response is just baffling; he did not celebrate or jump with joy at their great acclamation but instead, he gave a sobering warning, “Be careful what you’re committing to. You don’t realize how holy God is; He will not turn away from your sin and idolatry.” It was a call to fear the Lord and consider the cost.
The fear of the Lord and His holiness can be a very uncomfortable topic for many, especially after reading this passage. It’s tempting to live our own lives with little accountability to our own moral choices, but the God of the universe has proven countless times through Israel’s covenant history that He wants our full attention. Everything else life has to offer is simply a distraction in our quest to enjoy God, which is why Joshua set up stones as a visual reminder of what’s important.
What visual reminder do you need to remind yourself of your commitment to God (bookmark, picture, daily Bible notifications)?
How might this passage help re-evaluate your covenant with God?
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