Joshua reminded the children of Israel, how God had been good to them. How He decimated Egypt, that they be set free. How He delivered them from the red sea, being pursued by Pharaoh and his army. How he won for them, every battle they fought. How that He had given them material blessings and landed property they did not labor for. Yet, in spite of all these, they still harbored unbelief and flirted with other gods. The time was ripe for the Israelites to make a decision as to whom they will serve. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or the other gods.
You have to make that important decision at some point in your life. There is only so many times you can flirt with the devil and dance with God at the same time. The more you are getting the one, the more the other is getting away. You can play righteous and sinner at the same time for only so long. You can’t be a pastor and pervert forever. Like Abraham Lincoln said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. Something’s got to give. A time will come, and now is, when you have to choose which way you want to follow. The wide or the narrow road? God has made the riches of his glory available to you. Will you spurn that and choose the passing pleasures of sin? It’s your choice.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve ; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell : but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. – Joshua 24:15