Saturday: 17th August, 2019
Reference text: Joshua 24:14-29
Joshua 24:19, 21 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. But the people said unto Joshua, No; but we will serve the LORD.
‘A leader ought to know his followers and have an idea of who they are’. Joshua, the addressor in today’s text seems to have forged an opinion about the people he was leading and this was not one formed over days, but through years of walking with them. He was therefore convinced that with their lifestyle and attitude, they were incapable of serving the Lord.
Thus, He presented God as “Holy, jealous and unforgiving of sins”, as if to tell the people ‘you have shown time and time again that you can ignore these traits of God so you are incapable of serving Him’. Yet, they dug their feet in and responded ‘we will serve the Lord!’ So, in answer to a statement of inability, they provided a response indicative of a renewed desire to give it another go.
We could say there were pumped up for action and ready to make their relationship with God work this time round. To them, they didn’t dispute the reality of the matter because there was a body of evidence to affirm the statements Joshua made and even some truth that they might be unable to serve the Lord; but that was not going to stop them from another attempt.
My dear, in many other endeavours not limited to our relationship with God,
our checkered histories and rugged past may present us as unsuitable candidates for some ventures. But you know what, that should not hold you back from giving it a go as long as you do not allow the bonds and mistakes of the past weigh you down.
You will always have the desire to push forward regardless of been deemed incapable, so push on, stay determined and you will make it.