“But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”- Joshua 24:15
I heard a snippet of this verse this morning…”Choose today whom you will serve.” Though the Lord never forces Himself upon us, He lays before us two roads, but with 2 very different results.
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:15
God offers salvation to all…no one is left out or forgotten. But if we politely decline His offer, we are surely forsaking Heaven. The promises of God are not unattractive. You could compare it to turning down an all paid excursion to an exotic place or a winning lottery ticket.
He longs to bless us, to cause us to prosper. But if we turn Him away, we are only hurting ourselves. He will continue to be God, and will continue to bless those who receive Him & serve Him.
The road that leads to Him is narrow. Have your eyes wide open to recognize which path is paved by Him, and travel with steady speed.
“They that are bound for heaven must be williy’s Notes)ng to swim against the stream, and must do, not as most do, but as the best do.” (Wesle