Joshua knew his responsibility.
It was a big one.
‘And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord commanded Moses. And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and wonders that the Lord send him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel’ (Deuteronomy 34:9-12).
Yeah, that Moses. Those are big shoes, er, sandals to fill.
But that wasn’t Joshua’s primary responsibility.
Before he could worry about being the leader Israel needed, he needed to be the leader his family needed.
That’s where this line comes from, as Joshua addressed this overgrown family named Israel:
‘Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond 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’ (Joshua 24:14-15).
Joshua didn’t stand alone. Joshua stood, and his family stood with him.
Joshua knew his responsibility. He was the leader his family needed. His wife. His children.
And Israel. That big, dysfunctional family called ‘Israel.’
‘We also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’ -Israel (Joshua 24:18).
Israel needed a leader like Joshua. The world needs more Joshuas.
How about you? How about your house?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.