“…choose you this day whom ye will serve….as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. ”—Joshua 24: 15 ( read vs.22- 28)
John Henry Jowett wrote, Here was a definite decision. Our peril is that we spend our life in wavering and we never decide. We are like a jury which is always hearing evidence and never gives a verdict. We do much thinking, but we never make up our minds. We let our eyes wander over many things, but we make no choice. Life has no crisis, no culmination.
Now people who never decide spend their days in hoping to do so. But this kind of life becomes a vagrancy and not a noble and illumined crusade. We drift through our days, we do not steer, and we never arrive at any rich and stately haven.
It is therefore vitally wise to “make a vow unto the Lord.” It is good to pull our loose thinkings together and to “gird up the loins of the mind.” Let a man, at some definite place, and at some definite moment, make the supreme choice of his life.”
James 1:8 says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” He is like the Missouri Mule that starved to death while standing between two hay stacks–because he couldn’t make up his mind which one to eat from! I’ve met people like that. Many year ago a young married man surrendered to preach under my ministry in Missouri and his excitement was evident, but he could never settle on exactly what to do. One week he was going to be the next Billy Graham, the next week a pastor, and the next a missionary,etc. He seemed to have a new idea every week. That went on and on until finally he ended up getting a divorce and wasting his life. Dear friend there is great peace in knowing what you ought to do and deciding to do it. It’s time to act. As Joshua said, “choose you this day whom ye will serve“.— HDS