“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourself this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the god of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
God had proven himself to Joshua and he wanted to convince the others but it was their choice. They could see God was good and all that he had done for them but would they serve him?
“It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nation’s through which we traveled.” Joshua 24:17
The people said it themselves. God did it all for us. But would they serve him? They were a stiffnecked people.
“Lord the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.” 2 Chronicles 6:14
One thing is true. God does keep his promises. When he says something it can be trusted. It may not be in our time frame but it is always on time and the perfect time.
“Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple? People will answer, because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them-that is why he brought all this disaster on them.” 2 Chronicles 7:22
We bring so much trouble onto ourselves and yet we quickly blame God. God is always good and just. His ways we just can’t fathom because he knows the beginning from the end.
“The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2
The more you seek him, the more he will be revealed to you. I heard someone explain that to me in regards to children. The dad is being chased by his kids round and round but just before they give up he let’s them catch him. Because that love brings so much joy. He just wants them to earnestly seek him. Or have you ever played hide and seek with kids? While they count you hide but not very hidden so they won’t give up too easily.
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7
God will reward us when we try. He loves us and he loves to give us good things. People who don’t know God think of him as a taskmaster. But since they don’t know him they will never know how much you do for someone you truly love, just because you love them.