God is gracious. He gives us multiple opportunities to be faithful to Him.
Joshua speaks to the people to remind them of all the Lord has done for them. Then he challenges them. Choose you this day whom you will serve. But for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Choose! Daily we make choices. They bring us closer to God, or they take us further from God. But we make these choices with the free will God has given us.
God has not created us as automatons or robots. He gave us the ability to make choices. It is up to us to see that those choices take us closer to Him.
In his notes, Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, wrote “every action carries within itself the seed of its own reward or punishment.” And that is true. In scripture it says if you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind. That’s just a way of saying you reap what you sow, more than you sow, later than you sow.
If you sow obedience to God, you reap the rewards of your fidelity to Him. If you are disobedient, you reap the rewards of rebellion.
In my estimation, fidelity is better, serving the Lord is better.
Help us to be faithful to You, to Your commandments, to Your will. Keep our hearts steadfast with on You and obedience to your decrees.