This post is Day 6 in a series of studies about “Forgiveness”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Forgiveness – Day 6

Joshua 24:19-20

Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; He is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after He has been good to you.

The Thought

These seem hard words from Joshua. But they were the truth, and they still are the truth. God is still as holy as He has ever been, and we must beware of being too familiar with Him. Yes we have a relationship of love with Him, but we must never forget His sovereignty or His power. There is a danger in thinking we know Him well! He is still the God of surprises that He has always been, and He is still the God who forgives all our sins and heal all our diseases (Psalm 103:2-3). Let’s praise Him for that!

Today’s verses are taken from a long chapter which includes Joshua’s farewell speech to the people of Israel. He knew he was getting old and had fulfilled his earthly mission. But he took the opportunity to remind the people of all that God had done for them. He also took the opportunity to warn them about being unfaithful to Him.

Sometimes all of us can be found guilty of thinking we know what God is going to do. Just like a family member we might know really well, but who can surprise us occasionally, God is like that! We must remain in awe of Him.


Let us ask ourselves today if we think we know God too well; if we are in danger of getting familiar and thinking we know we what He will do.

Read Joshua 24 and be blessed as you remember all that He did for the people of Israel as he led them from Egypt to the Promised Land.

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