Thursday, February 11, 2010

As For Me and My House

Today I’d like to highlight two verses from the reading. The first comes from Joshua 22-24. In these chapters Joshua wraps up his leadership over the Israelites. He warns them to always keep God first and foremost. He tells them that the decision about who they would serve was ultimately up to them, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15b). I love this verse, it’s such a testament to standing strong for your faith. Joshua was not afraid to admit who he followed. My husband and I want this same mantra in our own household as well. We want our very lives to exhibit our love and devotion for the Lord. We want our future children to grow up in a house where God’s love is shown day in and day out. So what do we do now? For now we continue to work on our relationship. We spend time daily talking, praying, and reading the Bible together. And most of all, we keep our eyes focused on Jesus.
In Luke 12:1-31, the apostle finally gets to one of my favorite portions of scripture, the section on worry. I’ll admit it, I’m a world class worrier. And I come by it naturally. My mother is a worrier and her mother was a worrier. Just the same, I always feel that God is calling me, daily, to lay my worries at his feet. Why? Jesus says it best of all, “Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes” (vs. 23). Instead of worrying about the little day-to-day things, Jesus calls me, and you, to instead “seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well” (vs.31). In these verses, Jesus says to not worry, but to instead focus our attention on heavenly things. For that, truly, is all that matters. As Joshua reminded the Israelites, God faithfully fulfills every promise he makes (Joshua 23:14). He never fails us. If we keep our eyes focused on Him, he will never fail to provide for us in the end. All he requires from us is trust. Trust that he will provide. Trust the He is God and Lord over all.
And so I’ll continue to trust Him. I’ll continue to devote my house, and my life to the only one that can truly sustain me.

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