In business or in life, an inflection point designates a critical or significant change in a situation. It may be positive, such as the introduction of a new product line that will triple the size of the business or it may be negative, such as the loss of a loved one, leading to a change in the family unit. Recently, my business faced an inflection point and difficult and painful decisions had to be made. Sometimes I seek guidance from others, whom I respect. But many times, I have selfishly followed my own ambitions ignoring the signs of the path that God has chosen for me. The Bible has many examples of inflection points, giving examples of both positive and negative decisions that men have made. And yet, so often, I have failed to learn from these examples.
Joshua was God’s chosen leader of the Hebrews. When he spoke to them in this Bible passage, he and the Hebrews were at an inflection point. They had defeated the majority of their enemies and now occupied the land that was promised to their ancestor Abraham. God kept His promises to the Hebrews. Would they now keep their promise to God and serve, trust, and obey Him? They now had to choose between God and the other pagan gods of the land where they now dwelled.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 (ESV)
We, too, have to chose whom we will follow. Will we follow God or the world? Will we trust all of the promises that God has fulfilled in our life or chase after the ephemeral promises of fame, riches, and pleasure that the world has to offer?
Everyday we face an inflection point. Will you chose wisely?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.