Message summary: Today we will consider changes, challenges and choices.
Listen to this message on your audio player. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 20:15).
Dennis “Bunny” O’Hare is a longtime friend who is a chaplain to the trucking industry serving with a ministry known as TFC Global (formerly named Transport For Christ). We first met Bunny and his wife, Peg, up in New England in January 2000 and within several years we had all relocated to Lancaster County for separate ministry opportunities.
Yesterday he went along with us for our chaplain visits, especially looking for opportunities to minister to truck drivers. Our first company yesterday receives many containers from a port and Bunny is seeking ways to share God’s love with these drivers.
At this company we have the opportunity to share a brief devotional message early each Tuesday morning so yesterday I asked Bunny to share. He shared that we all have changes, challenges and choices in life which prompted today’s study.
Joshua had faithfully served under Moses during the 40-year period in the wilderness and had led God’s people in the conquest for some 25 years. He’s now 110 years old and musters enough strength for a final challenge to faith and commitment that rings through the ages.
The people were experiencing three C’s that people all though the ages have dealt with.
In the context of Joshua’s challenge their fundamental choice was between serving the one true God and “the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.”
In a broader sense the choice now and for every generation is whether we serve the one true God or “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Even those who practice the faith of atheism are essentially serving the god of this world. People then and now have this fundamental choice, for the one true God does not force people to love and serve Him.
Joshua sets a great example for the people of his time and through all subsequent ages, including our own. Let us proclaim this day, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, You have drawn us with an everlasting love; You show us Your lovingkindness day after day. Your bountiful provision gives to us material, physical and spiritual blessings that only a caring heavenly Father can give. But even though our cup overflows with Your goodness we face changes and challenges amidst our blessing. As we deal with the inevitable changes and the subsequent challenges that follow help us to make the life defining choice, like Joshua, and declare to all who will hear, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”
“Today I Choose (As For Me And My House)”Video Brian Doerksen
“As For Me And My House” Video John Waller
Over time he became an alcoholic but through the redemptive power of the Cross he was delivered from alcohol in 1984 and can now sing and personally testify, “The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference”. Video
In the mid-nineties he became a chaplain with “Transport For Christ” and has served the Lord in that capacity ever since. For quite a few years he has been serving as the Director of Chaplain Care overseeing all the chaplains in the ministry. Brooksyne and I met him about twenty years ago at a conference in Boston.
His motto is “I used to be a slugger, but now I’m a hugger”.