April 22

Joshua 24:1-33; Luke 21:1-28; Psalm 89:38-52; Proverbs 13:20-23

Joshua’s days are numbered and he is giving his parting words to Israel. He calls on them to make a choice whom they will serve. It is important to note that by making a choice to serve God, we are also making a choice to reject idols and false gods.

In our age, we would never knowingly serve an idol. However, if we are not careful, we will allow idols into our lives and they will threaten our obedience to God. As Joshua spoke to Israel, he told them to “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” (Joshua 24:23)

Are there things, activities, or people who threaten your relationship with God? Are there idols that you should destroy so you do not jeopardize your walk with God? When the Bible talks of God being jealous, it does not mean that He is consumed with jealousy as in a competition. God is saying that He wanted nothing to come between you and Him.

Start today by renouncing any idol and accept the lordship of Jesus in that area.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Judges 1:1-2:9; Luke 21:29-22:13; Psalm 90:1-91:16; Proverbs 13:24-25

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