Generation Joshua

Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 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 24:14-15

Some say it's history.

Some say it's legend.

Everyone agrees it's a powerful story.

By March 5, 1836, Col. William Barrett Travis had known for several days that his situation inside the old Spanish mission called the Alamo had become hopeless. Several thousand soldiers under the command of Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna had Travis and some 189 other defenders surrounded. 

The young Texas colonel -- only 26 -- knew that in a siege, the army on the outside usually prevails over the army on the inside, so he gathered his fellow defenders that Saturday afternoon and gave them a speech.

"We must die," he began. "Our business is not to make a fruitless effort to save our lives, but to choose the manner of our death."

He saw three possibilities: 1) surrender and execution, 2) try to fight their way out only to be "butchered" by Mexican lancers, or 3) “remain in this fort…resist every assault, and to sell our lives as dearly as possible."

Then, with a flourish, Travis drew his sword and slowly marked a line in the dirt. 

"I now want every man who is determined to stay here and die with me to come across this line." 

Young Tapley Holland made his decision quickly, proclaiming "I am ready to die for my country!" as he jumped over the line. 

Co-commander Jim Bowie, lying sick on a cot, asked some of his men to carry him across. The men knew they were voting to die, but all but one of them crossed over the line. 

There's a line in the sand for every person reading this devotion. The question is: Are you going to serve the Lord or are you going to go your own way?

It's the decision that faced the people of Israel, under the leadership of Joshua. It’s a decision we must face today.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!