No More Fire Alarms
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | July 13, 2020Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Recently I was in a discussion with a few pastors. During the COVID-19 isolation so many in the churches talked about how much they missed being in the church gatherings. They couldn’t wait to get back. Even those who didn’t go to church regularly talked of their need to get back in church. It sounded like revival. Bewilderment set in as churches began to open up. Where were these enthusiastic people? The faithful were there, but what about the others? I am not surprised. You see I have seen this time and time again. God sets off the fire alarm and His people wake up in a crisis. Then when the crisis seems to be over, they go back to their regular routine. When entering the Promise Land, Israel had to make a choice. Would the LORD be their God, or would they serve the gods of the people around them. Joshua called them to choose. Serving God is not a feeling. It is a choice. Joshua said he had made his choice—as for him and his house, they would serve the LORD. You and I will never be committed to God if we base our lives on feelings. When we feel afraid or feel inspired, we run to God. When we feel secure or unmotivated, we don’t live for God. Stop basing your relationship with God on circumstances and feelings. Don’t live a “fire alarm” Christianity. Be like Joshua. Make a decision that you and your family will serve the LORD in the good times as well as in the tough times. Then it will not matter what comes. You are committed. I want to challenge you to make your choice. Your family and your future depend upon it.