Tim and I were discussing this morning the meaning of “commitment.” Several passages of Scripture came to our minds, and I will take the next few blogs to review some of these. The first that comes to mind is Joshua. It is important to look at the larger context of this “young man.”
He learned leadership skills watching Moses in his relationship with God and how he valued the presence of God. Joshua did the same. He also watched Moses remain steady in leading a nation that was mostly rebellious, yet never gave up or lowered the standard of faithfulness to God.
When it came time for transfer of leadership from Moses to Joshua, God spoke three times to Joshua saying, “Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9). Why was this necessary for such a faithful young man? Not much had changed with Israel. Their level of obedience to God was very low and it needed strong leadership to hold them to a godly standard. At the end of Joshua’s life and term of leadership, he again challenges the nation to “put away the gods that your fathers served…and serve the Lord” (24:14). There was little hope they would rise to the challenge. Like them, we hold to tradition more than the living truth of God’s Word.
In the face of depressing response from the people, Joshua makes a bold and firm commitment; “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (24:15). There is no question in my heart and mind that we live today in the same conditions. There are very few who are truly interested in RETURNING TO SCRIPTURE AND LIVING BY IT. The question then is; are you? It will take courage and strength from the Holy Spirit to make such a commitment!
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