Today you should read: Joshua 24
Grace motivates us to obey…now finish well!!
Wow! Could this chapter possibly show any more of God’s glory?!?! It is packed! It is a testimony to God’s sovereignty and His power, to His faithfulness and His strength!
This chapter begins with a testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness towards Israel from the time of Abraham to the present success of Joshua and the Israelites. We are reminded of all He has done up to this point.
Then we see Joshua’s last official act as the Lord’s servant and mediator: the renewal of the covenant and the appeal for the Israelites to serve the Lord for their entire lives.
From verse one to verse thirteen, Joshua testifies to all that the Lord has done. He remembers all that the Lord has conquered, and he describes all of the gracious gifts that God has given to Israel, including victory, freedom, and possession…none of which the Israelites earned on their own. They were gracious gifts. And after this impressive testimony comes perhaps the most important word in this chapter. Beginning in verse fourteen it says… “Now” (in light of all God has done, in light of all God has given and of His gracious acts) “Obey”. Joshua then proceeds by appealing to Israel to put away their gods and to yield their hearts to the Lord.
Titus 2:11-12 tells us that the grace of God teaches us to say “no” to all ungodliness, and this is exactly what we see in Joshua 24. In light of God’s underserved acts, Israel is motivated to obey the Lord.
So how about you? Think back to all the Lord has done. Think about His grace shown to you throughout your life. Think about His patience with your “slow-to-learn” heart. Think about the undeserved blessings He has poured out on you. Think about His ultimate act of grace in sending His only Son to suffer and die for you in order to redeem you and save you from eternal torment. He has indeed been gracious. NOW, in light of that, obey the Lord. Grace should motivate us to want to live for Him. It should captivate our hearts with His unconditional love and lovingly inspire us to want to live for Him and with Him. Is His grace motivating you to obey? It is the only thing that will!
You have a chance today to start over. God has been gracious and patient in your pursuit of other things; now turn back to Him. He is waiting. You see, Joshua sets a strong example for us to finish well. Finishing well is more important than starting well. You still have a chance to finish well – it’s not over. All hope is not lost. Why? Because God is gracious and He is ready to graciously pick you back up so that you can finish well.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione