Joshua 24:15 (NLT) - "But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 made the now famous statement - "Give me liberty, or give me death." He had come to a decision that would shape the remainder of his life, and the history of our nation. His fiery statement still rings out in the ears of Americans today.
Joshua had come to a similar place in his life. Israel had reverted back to worshipping the false gods around them. He reminds them of God's central position in their nations history, and in their lives. He challenges them to throw away their idols and to return to their god. His statement not only challenged the Israelites, but also millions since to rededicate their lives to following God's will and ways. No matter what it might cost.
An idol is something that man has created in his mind that stands between him and the one true God.
Today, muse over the concept of any idols that you have created in your life. Now pause and destroy them and their hold over you. Return to God, and commit to him.