“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)
Joshua’s words here are extremely clear: fearing God and serving him faithfully are incompatible with idolatry. Idolatry runs deep in our lives and our societies, yet the word of the Living God always contains a note of grace. There is always a “today” in which we can choose to turn away from the idols of the land and culture in which we live and enthrone once more the Living Lord in our hearts, lives and practices. May you know the strengthening power of the Holy Spirit to enable you to choose to serve God each day with appropriate fear and faithfulness.