Joshua 24:15

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Reference:

This was one of my parent's favorite scriptures. My Dad used to quote this one all of the time when I was young.

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

In this chapter Joshua recites a multitude of of miracles the Lord has done for the Israelites. He mentions Abraham, Moses, and their battles in the land of Canaan. He does all this to make the point that all blessings come from the Lord.

Then he makes the declaration that he will serve the Lord.

Thoughts about this scripture:

This is one of those times where I wonder why it wasn't obvious to everyone that serving the Lord was not the right choice. Why did Joshua even have to have this discussion. Wasn't everyone serving the Lord after they had been led out of Egypt?

But I look at our day and I see the Lord has blessed us with machines that fly, and information that can be accessed anywhere and any time on almost any topic. We have abundant food and security. Why in our day do we not all choose to serve the Lord as well?

The answer is that we must all choose to be grateful. That we must all choose to serve the Lord. We must all choose to be the best versions of ourselves. No amount of great blessings or mighty miracles in our lives will ensure our faith and safeguard our dedication to God.

How does this strengthen my testimony

I love my Heavenly Father. And I love Jesus Christ. I feel their love for me daily, but in the times that I don't feel them, I remember them. And I still choose to serve them.

For it is not evil to serve God. And by continuing to follow the teachings and example of the savior we grow closer to him begin to find true happiness.