Today’s five minute friday prompt is “Challenge”.
The first verse that popped into my head this morning is this verse from Joshua 24. “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”
I’m not quite sure why I look at that as a challenge. By definition, a challenge is “a call to take part in a contest or competition”.
Is that what living a Godly life boils down to? A competition between good and evil. A constant challenge to do the right thing, follow the correct voice, and obey the commandments of truth.
The entire chapter of Joshua 24 is good because Joshua reminds the children of Israel what God has done for them and who He has delivered them from. He challenges them to put away all of their false gods and they whole-heartedly agree to do it.
On this blog, I focus a lot on God’s promises, and the Bible is full of them. BUT it is also full of challenges. Challenges to trust when life seems impossible. Challenges to stand strong when opposition is all around you. Challenges to serve the one true God and put aside our idols (and we all have them).
Mostly, it is a challenge to make a choice. Do you choose to believe? Do you choose to overcome? Loving your neighbor as yourself is something we choose to do-it does not come naturally. Choosing to obey God’s word.
Dear friends, will you arise to the challenge and choose Joshua’s words, “but for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”?