The scripture above is one of Joshua’s last comments to the Israelites before he died. He stood before the people as they settled in the Promised Land and retold the story of the exodus from Egypt. And, he gave them a choice: worship God and live or worship their own gods and die.
We live in a blessed nation because of the brave people who fought to give us freedom from England. Patrick Henry, a lawyer, statesman, and a farmer worked tirelessly for the rights of human beings—especially the slaves. He is known for his quote, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God ! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
We still have choices today. We can worship God and live a life full of—even during hard times–or we can worship the gods we’ve created, like our possessions, and in some cases, a false god. We have liberty in Jesus Christ, our Savior. He died to save us from our sins. Yet, we have a choice if we want to walk with Christ or go it alone.
Lord, thank you for loyal and courageous people who choose to serve you. Amen.