12th October 2018

As For Me And My House… 

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

Joshua had seen it all: as a young boy he was witness to the slavery of his people—he saw the plagues on Egypt and was amazed when Moses lifted his staff and the Red Sea parted. On arrival at Sinai, Joshua was Moses’ companion when the Covenant God made with his people was outlined. He was aghast as he witnessed how quickly the people had embraced idolatry.

For the next forty years, Joshua wandered in the wilderness with the Israelites, witnessing alternatively the miracles performed by God to feed and protect his people on the one hand; and the people’s complaining and rebellion on the other. Imagine his excitement to be chosen as one of the twelve who would spy out the promised land in anticipation of the crossing of the Jordan River, only to find his friend Caleb was the only one who would join him in urging a speedy inheritance of the land flowing with milk and honey.

How must he have felt when his great mentor, Moses, confided that he would not lead them into the promised land, but would die on the East Bank of the Jordan. A heavy cloak of leadership now fell on Joshua’s shoulders. How would he bear this enormous burden? Joshua fervently believed that if the people obeyed, God would protect them and fight their battles. After much thought, his conclusion was very simple: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Another Joshua has come—the Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ. Through his sacrifice he leads all believers into the Promised Land of the Kingdom of God. He offers us true rest for eternity in the presence of God. As we consider this awesome prospect, perhaps we would think of Joshua’s words: “As for me and my house, we will…”

God of all, lead us through the thirsty land to the fountain of life—your Spirit leads us in our journey to Life in your promised Kingdom.

Study by David Silcox


About the Author:
David Silcox is an Elder in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace communion International, and serves on the Pastoral Council of the Watford/Garston Congregation.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Email: david_silcox@wcg.org.uk

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