This week I had the awesome privilege of speaking in the girl’s club at Awana. (Their parent’s were there….have mercy, I was nervous.) When I was preparing, I’ll confess to complete cluelessness as to what to teach on. I pondered the pumpkin carving demonstration complete with candle inside. *You know-You are the light of the world….*
Instead. I settled on “The Choice is Yours.” a boost from a kids devotional.
The verse we studied was in Joshua 24:14-15. “Choose this day who you will serve.”
I was struck not necessarily by the call for obedience and loyalty (which is where I parked my teaching-that we have an important decision EVERY day to choose God. Not just parents on election day. Though, surely, that keeps my mind reeling.) , but honestly I spent a good bit of personal time camped out on the chapter before.
“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth.You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. But just as every good promise has come true, so the Lord will bring on you all the evil he has threatened,until he has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. If you violate the covenant of the Lord you God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them…..”
I can’t begin to count the good promises the Lord has made, friend. Not one of them has failed. How very un-human. How faultless. How captivating. No wonder Joshua called the children of Israel to choose God that day.
With confidence and complete know so he recalled their weakness for all things trivial. Joshua went up Mt Sinai with MOSES. Moses! He he must have been half way up the mountain when Moses received the 10 commandments. Joshua heard the revelry in the camp as the Israelites built their golden calf and forsook (is that a word) the Lord who had just delivered them from Egypt. He had seen God deliver and the people quake in their boots. Save his people and watched them turn their backs.
PRONE TO WANDER. THEY WERE.
Joshua spoke to the unfaithful children of Israel and to me.
Choose this day. Every day.
SERVE THE FAITHFUL.
A good word, thank you! I bet you were a hit, with the girls, and their parents.