A Lesson in Standing Alone
Joshua 24:15 – But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River 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 took his stand for God many years earlier. In Numbers 13, when is was time for the Israelites to go into the land God had promised them, all but Caleb and Joshua chose to retreat and disobey God.
Caleb and Joshua was standing before a hostile crowd and loudly voicing an unpopular stand on their conviction in trusting in God, His Word and His Character. They also had seen the land and the strong and mighty people who occupied the land at the time. However, they knew and trusted God’s promise to give Israel the land.
Unfortunately, Bobby and I have been in situations where we were being tested to see if we were going to stand for God or compromise to the situation and circumstances surrounding the situation.
The lessons in each and every one of these opportunities were to strengthen our awareness of our own inabilities. God has been teaching us to stay calm, only speak for ourselves, and we have worth in Him. His opinion of us is the only one that matters.
When we allow our emotions to control our actions, we cannot and will not listen to the small still voice of God. Proverbs 14:17a, 29b – A quick-tempered man does foolish things… A quick-tempered man displays folly. God will not over rule our will. He does not force Himself on us.
If we want God’s guidance, we must be willing to listen to Him and do as He commands.
Bobby and I are learning, still in the classroom of God’s teaching, it is best to stay quiet while our emotions are raging. We want to carefully weigh our words and have the effect God desires not our desires. Our desires sometimes is for God to send the lightning bolt and zap the individual whom we are angry at or the earth to open up and swallow them completely, just being honest.
Besides staying calm, God is continually reminding us that we can only speak for ourselves and no one else. In Joshua 24, Joshua speaks for himself and the individuals that live in his house, Joshua 24:15 ……But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
I truly thought it was safe and accurate when I spoke and declared that several individuals were mortified in the disrespectful and dishonoring way a situation was represented since these individuals said they were embarrassed by the others actions and words. The situation called for reverence for our Lord and Savior and for my parents.
However, since I made my convictions known, these individuals’ actions have displayed approval for the disrespect and dishonor that was shown to our Lord and Savior and my parents.
Matthew 10:22b, 26-28, 32-33 – …..He who stands firm to the end will be saved. “So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”
Through the precious blood of God’s one and only Son, Jesus Christ, I am the daughter of the Most High with value and worth. Others may criticize and reject me but I know who I belong to, Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.