"...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Before his death, Joshua, who led Israel in the final push into the promise land, had a talk with the people. If you read this entire chapter you get a great history lesson of all God did for them in bringing them out of Egypt. You also get the idea that Joshua knows their hearts and that in the end, the people will choose to serve the idols of the land rather than the one true God. Yet Joshua takes his stand for his own household, “we will serve the Lord.”
These days in our Western world we don’t have as many obvious false gods in the form of shrines and idols. But we do have things that we daily put ahead of God and serve as faithfully as one would serve an idol.
As I was remembering past Februarys, before my husband retired from baseball, I thought of the gamut of emotions and struggles that can accompany Spring Training. Depending on your husband’s job security (does that exist in this game?), these next two months could bring with them fear, discouragement, jealousy, or discontentment. These emotions are real and a natural reaction to the insecurity that comes with the baseball life. But my question for you today is: Will you serve them?
Idolatry can mean allowing anything to come between us and our relationship with God. We can serve these idols of emotions in our thoughts, giving them precious time and energy; we can nurse them and cause them to grow, taking hold of our hearts. So again I ask: Will you choose to let fear crowd God out from your heart and mind? Will you pay homage to discouragement and discontentment when things don’t turn out as well as you’d hoped?
My prayer and encouragement to you is that you make a plan now for how you will stay in the Word of God and prayer this spring. Your Bible is a source of truth that can combat the idolatrous thoughts that try to own us. Baseball Chapel has resources to help you understand the Bible better. Through time in God’s Word, you can renew your mind in the truths of the gospel.
These are truths that show you how precious you are to your King, Jesus. These are truths that will put the frustrations of Spring Training into an eternal perspective, reminding you of your purpose for living as a child of God. I challenge you to make God’s Word your obsession, and to serve Jesus Christ in your thoughts.
Choose for yourselves, today, whom you will serve.
Prayer: Father, thank You that You know all things, that You are in control of all things, and that Your ways are the best. Please help me to trust You, to rely on You, and to serve You above all else, no matter how things may appear.
Suggested Reading: Romans 8:15-39