There's a couple things I love about it. The first is that Joshua is pushing the Israelites - and us! - to come to a cross-roads and make a choice. "You can't waffle around anymore," he says. "What's it going to be? Better yet, WHO's it gonna be?" You can almost hear the sarcasm in his voice. Sure, if you want to go for those other gods, do it. Just PICK already. But as for me, it's YHWH or nothing.
And the second is that Joshua says "choose for yourselves today." Yes, daily it's a battle, but daily there's a choice. I know I can't promise God anything about where my heart is going to be twenty years from now. But I can promise Him a commitment for today, and so that's what I'll do. And as it turns out, that's perfect, because that's JUST the interval of time that He promises to provide strength for me to follow up on that commitment! It's not "give us these next couple years our bread for each day" - no! "Give us this day our daily bread."
All day yesterday, this was popping up in my mind. "Choose, choose, choose!" "Pearl, who's it going to be today? Who are you going to serve?"
"And the people said to Joshua, 'We will serve the LORD, our God, and will obey His voice.'"
Father, I don't know what tomorrow is going to look like, but I give you today, and I ask for the strength to make it through.