The nest or aerie of a bald eagle is the largest of any North American bird. They can measure up to 13 feet deep and 8 feet wide! Along with sticks the eagle uses moss, grass, plant stalks, lichens, seaweed and sod. The bole area for their young is lined with softer material and down feathers. Recently, the public was reminded to keep the areas in their vicinity clear of trash. Apparently, the eagles will sometimes make use of the trash on the ground to build up their nests.
Today’s verse is part of a charge Joshua gave the Israelites just before his death. He admonished the people to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully by throwing out the gods of their ancestors. Joshua challenged them to choose! Then comes the often quoted declaration that he and his household choose to serve the Lord. There will be no compromise by allowing the trash of false gods to cross his threshold.
I want to have that same resolve as Joshua. One would think that false gods would not really be an issue. But a “god” can be anything I prioritize and value more than my Savior. In allowing other things to take His place, my nest or house might grow larger and more impressive to some. But it is foolish to be building my house on what is essentially sand (Matt.7:26). It is by wisdom that a house is built (Prov. 24:3). And when I am fearing and obeying Him I am being wise (Psalm 111:10). May all who enter my house see exactly who we choose to serve!
Lord, I choose You.