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January 18 – Choose

Choose this day whom you will serve… but as for me…” – Joshua 24:15                                                                                    

Scripture reading: Joshua 24:1-33

Our Scripture lesson today is important to remember every day of the year. Joshua has led the people into the promised land. He had completed his task.  The LORD would soon call him home. In his farewell message, he urges the people to live faithfully before the LORD by choosing obedience. 

The Israelites had to press on without Joshua. Joshua only foreshadowed a greater One to come. In the meantime, they were to look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promise to send the Saviour Who was perfectly obedient to the entire counsel of God’s will. But as they waited they were not to put a question mark where God had put a period.

Every day we make choices. How is it that you make yours? You will be making thousands and thousands of choices this year. What will be your guiding principles? Will you seek the Holy Spirit’s favour?  Often we do not realize the non-intended consequences of our decisions. Ravi Zacharias once said, “Consequences are bound to the choices you make. You can have your choice, but you cannot choose your consequence

God is sovereign—He is the Ruler Supreme. But within God’s sovereignty comes human responsibility. That responsibility calls us to serve God, to obey God one choice at a time and to trust Him one circumstance at a time.  

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for the grace to make proper choices. 

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.

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