Hornets, a Stone and Boxes


David Mainse considers three things --hornets, stones, and boxes-- to go through a study of Joshua 24:15. We have free will and we must be deliberate about leaving a legacy for our children.

Today’s Reading: Joshua 24

Key Verse: Joshua 24:15

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Consider three items: First, human free will. There’s an old spiritual song taken from verse 12 – “God did not force them to go ‘gainst their will.’ He just made them willing to go.” The hornets caused them of their own free will to change their minds. Second, choice; we choose to serve the Lord by an exercise of free will. Surely the threat of judgment should have been as effective as the hornets. Joshua led by example in choosing to serve the Lord. Third, notice the visual aids; the stone of witness and Joseph’s bones that were brought from Egypt (Gen. 50:25). We may decide to have our own visual aids for our children and grandchildren. Our witness could be our personal testimony of faith written by the lawyer in our Last Will and Testament. It may be a beautiful wall hanging that they will treasure. There is great potential in using our imaginations here.


Lord God, grant that I may be very deliberate in planning my spiritual legacy for my four children, my 16 grandchildren and my 10 great-grandchildren. I ask for a gift of creativity so that I will communicate effectively for time and eternity. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!


I was just 12 when my mother died of cancer. She was only 50 years old. I have powerful memories of her. She cared for me and my two sisters, Willa and Elaine, while my Dad was away during the Second World War. She was loving and strict, a good combination. The last time I heard her speak out at a prayer meeting she quoted Joshua saying, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” That statement is true for our family. When she was about to take her last breath, I thought I heard her say my name. I went to her bedside, kissed her and said, “Mother, I’ll meet you in Heaven.” My Dad claimed I added the words, “I will, I will!” Perhaps it was my imagination but I thought I saw a smile beginning on her lips as she give a last sigh and was gone to be in the immediate presence of Jesus in Heaven. I have an unmovable stone of witness from my mother. Mother, I’ll see you soon!

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