Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the 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 forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
The verses leading up to this quote from Joshua provided a brief history of what God had done for the Hebrews. It was about perspective. In brief Joshua told the people that all they had was the result of God’s grace. God called Abraham, from a family that worshiped other gods (v. 2). God gave Abraham numerous descendants. He gave them land. Over time he protected them and afflicted those who mistreated them. God watched over them throughout their history.
Then comes the kicker, with knowledge of God comes a choice, “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” You and I have to make a decision. Will we recognize God’s grace in our lives, or will we turn to “other gods?” Joshua had to make the same choice and for him the choice was easy. It did not matter what choices others made. Peer pressure or not, hard times or good times, Joshua would serve the living God.