A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line - Our Decision


Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900). You can find other devotions, sermons, essays, articles, and announcements on The Cove Community blog. 

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Joshua 23:1-11

A long time afterward, when the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies all around, and Joshua was old and well advanced in years, Joshua summoned all Israel, their elders and heads, their judges and officers, and said to them, "I am now old and well advanced in years; and you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the LORD your God who has fought for you. I have allotted to you as an inheritance for your tribes those nations that remain, along with all the nations that I have already cut off, from the Jordan to the Great Sea in the west. The LORD your God will push them back before you, and drive them out of your sight; and you shall possess their land, as the LORD your God promised you. Therefore be very steadfast to observe and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right nor to the left, so that you may not be mixed with these nations left here among you, or make mention of the names of their gods, or swear by them, or serve them, or bow yourselves down to them, but hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. For the LORD has driven out before you great and strong nations; and as for you, no one has been able to withstand you to this day. One of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, as he promised you. Be very careful, therefore, to love the LORD your God.”

Our Decision

I hope that most of us would agree that God has been pretty good to us. I mean, even if our lives haven’t been easy or painless, we can still believe that God loved us before he laid the foundation of the universe and that he’ll love us after this same universe has been recreated. And we can still trust that, through Jesus Christ, our past has been cleansed and our future secured. And we can still have faith that God’s Holy Spirit is constantly flowing around and through us. And so even if we might feel as though we’ve received the short end of the stick during our lives here on earth, when we hold this brief time up to an eternity which is shaped by God’s presence and love, well, I hope most of us can recognize that God has been, is being and will continue to be good to us.

But given all this, we still have a decision to make. I mean, given everything we might believe about God’s love, we still need to choose how we might respond. And given all those things that we might believe that Christ has done for us, we still need to consider how we can claim the new possibilities and opportunities we now have. In other words, given that divine presence that God himself gives us the ability to feel, we have to decide what we’re going to do about it. And even though this decision won’t change the way God views us, it definitely will influence how we see him, others and ourselves.