November 21, Saturday

REPOST Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Sam Lee who leads Catalyst Agape Church in Northern New Jersey, was first posted on October 26, 2013.  He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin (BA) and Biblical Theological Seminary (M.Div.).

Spiritual Food Thought for the Weekend

“What Is the Name of Your Idol?”

Joshua 24:31 (NIV)

“Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.” 

Unlike the generation of Moses, the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua experienced great favour and blessings of God: spiritually, physically, and even territorially.   So, what was it about Joshua’s generation that they were able to experience God’s blessings?

Ironically, Moses’ generation, despite experiencing amazing displays of God’s supernatural power for 40 years, grumbled and complained whenever their expectations were not met.  The next generation, however, under the new leadership of Joshua, entered, conquered, and received the Promised Land as their inheritance.  More importantly, their spirits were refreshed as they readily saw God moving on their behalf.

From Moses’ generation, we learn what to avoid, but from Joshua’s, what we ought to do.  The generation that complained and grumbled was always wavering between worshipping God and the gods of the Canaanites.  Having seen the divided heart of his people one too many times, the first move Joshua made as the new leader was to call the Israelites to a single-minded devotion to the LORD.  He declared: 

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14, 15 NIV)

In response, Joshua’s generation chose to serve Yahweh alone.  And it was during this time that the Israelites, fearing the LORD and ready to obey Him, experienced all kinds of breakthroughs and miracles, which finally resulted in inheriting the Promised Land. 

We always have an option to either serve God or idols that allure us.   The Israelites chased after idols with names like Baal or Asherah; what is the name of your idol?  Is it career, prestige, a thick wallet, good grades, or relationships?  God always gives us this wonderful gift called “free will,” and He desires that you choose Him among all the other options.  Joshua’s challenge rings clearly in our ears:  “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that worries and complaints (grumbling) are like cousins, and their parents are our idols.  So, help me from being derailed by them and strengthen me to have a single-minded devotion to You.  Amen. 

Bible Reading for Today: 1 Corinthians 6-7

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