As for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD
In the word of God, through Joshua 24:15, Joshua said that “As for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD.” When I first read the bible with my pure personal understanding, I met this statement by Joshua, and I happened to like it very much. I wanted to know more about it and how I could make it my statement. I asked my mother about it, who felt very happy that I asked for clarification. What my mum did was to use a real-life story to make it stick to my mind. To date, I have the story in my mind and kept saying that “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Today, I m going to share that story that made my spiritual belief as strong as it is.
The Nine Children Family Committed to serve the Lord
Once upon a time, there was a family of nine children comprising five boys and four girls. The family lived a moderate life and could afford daily living with minimum struggle. In addition, the family was also good spiritually. All the nine children could read and translate the bible into everyday life. Reading and sharing bible translations among family members was not optional but a must. The parents set a roster for daily bible lessons and share it with the rest of the family members. The habit was a sincere reflection of the commitment for the house to serve the Lord.
Taking the words from Peter’s second Epistle chapter 3 verse 8, where Peter said that “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Pet. 3:8) as a proof, days went by, and all the nine children grew up and started their families with their wives and husbands.
Life after Marriages:
(Will the newly marriages continue to serve the Lord?)
All the children got married and were blessed with wealth and health. They all got married to God-fearing husbands and wives, a situation that resulted in happy lives. The zeal for all the houses to serve the Lord continued to mushroom. Except for the last sister, namely Grace, the rest were also blessed with children and kept on worshiping God. Grace and the husband as a house served the Lord as well, even though they had no child.
The life of Grace and the Husband, Mathew
Grace and Mathew lived for years without getting a child. The couple tried hard to see specialists for both the man and the woman but vainly. The results indicated that no one had any fertility problems at every hospital visit. Mathew started losing Hope, but Grace kept her faith as strong as before.
Mathew’s sisters and brothers proposed using traditional healers, commonly known as witch doctors, to look for a solution to the problem. Mathew proposed the idea to Grace, but she could not buy it. She kept on believing that the day of the LORD would come when everything would be fine. The resistance from Grace has made Mathew and his relative more furious than before.
The lifestyle completely changed in the house of Mathew and Grace. Mathew started going out with other women, yet Grace said God would take care of the situation. She said to herself that “God is never late but does everything on time.”
God’s Hand is here to prove my commitment to serve the Lord
One morning, Grace woke up with lots of happiness for reasons not known to herself. She asked Mathew to come early for Dinner as she would prepare his best meal. After that, Grace prepared herself and went to the market to collect ingredients for the planned meal of the day. On her way to the market, she met an older woman struggling to carry luggage which a woman of her age could not manage. Grace proposed to help the woman of which she appreciated so much.
After a kilometer or so, the woman alerted Grace that she was nearing her destination. They went together until she reached the place and kept on appreciating the help and the final words said were “God bless you, my daughter, and let him fulfill your desires.” Grace took the words casually and proceeded with her trip to the market. She, of course, managed to bring some happiness for the day.
Three months later, Grace felt sick, and the husband rushed her to the hospital, where the doctors found her pregnant. She raised her hands and her eyes to thank the Lord for such a blessing.
She informed her husband, who received the news with great happiness, and remembered Grace’s words that God will make it at the day and hour of his choice.
The family started a new life waiting for the baby. During the 5th month, they went for an ultrasound and discovered that Grace carries triplets (two girls and a boy). An average person cannot describe the level of joy brought to the house. You can imagine from 0 to 3. Cheers!!!!
Days and seasons of the LORD arrived, and Grace gave birth to the two baby girls and a boy. She named the girls’ Love and Happiness and the boy named Hope.
Hope returned love and happiness in the house. Grace had to remind the husband again that God never failed anyone who believed in him. She took a phrase from the bible Psalms chapter 125 verse 1, which says, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which will never be shaken and will endure forever” (Psalms. 125:1).
Mathew, a father of three, promised to bring up Hope, Love, and Happiness to the best of his capacity and under God’s love.
Grace asked Mathew to open up the bible and read the book of Joshua chapter 24 verses 14 loudly to 15, which read as follows “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then he finally said that “No matter what, As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Lesson and Take Away from the story
- God created you for a specific mission. Allow him to take charge of you.
- Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which will never be shaken and will endure forever
- For the Lord, 1,000 years are like one day, and a day is like 1,000 years.
- God never gets late but does everything on time; let’s trust in him always.
- God never failed a person who trust in him