The Danger of Complacency

Joshua 23:1-16

Israel had known many battles, many bad days, and yet they had many wonderful victories! Now they had reached a relatively peaceful time, a time when they could enjoy the blessings of the Lord. They were enjoying a time of rest, a time when they could reflect on their labors and thank the Lord for his wonderful provisions. They had to a certain extent possessed their possessions. It is often during peaceful times that we can become lax and slack, our commitment and devotion to the Lord can slip. There is the danger in the midst of spiritual blessing to forget about the Lord. Moses had warned them about this in De 8:13-14:

Joshua called together the leaders of the nation here in chapter twenty-three. He has some advice for those in authority, but all of us would do well to listen to Joshua's admonitions here. Joshua was not a pessimist but a realist he recognized the danger of complacency.

I. He reminds them of God's Faithfulness v1-5

II. He reminds them of God's Unchanging Standards. v6-11

III. He warns of the Consequences of Complacency. v12-13

IV. He gives them a Solemn Farewell. v14-16

Tonight we have been reminded of God's faithfulness, of His unchanging standards, and warned of the danger of complacency.

It is easy for us to forget the Lord and what He has done for us.

It is so easy for us to get so caught up in what's going on in the world around us that we forget there is a world to come.

There is so much to lose when we neglect the Word of God…when we neglect our walk with God…when we neglect our love for Him.

We all need to heed the warnings tonight!