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Choose You This Day (2 of 18)
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Clarence Edward Macartney
Choose you this day whom you will serve.
One hot August Sabbath in the north of Italy I stood
by the parapet of an ancient bridge over a brown
sluggish stream flowing towards the Adriatic. In the
distance was the brown town of Rimini. Here and there
in the river below me fishermen were drawing in their
nets. It is not much of a river, and yet it is one of
the most famous rivers in history. It was there, on
another summer day, in 49 b.c., that Julius Caesar
reined in his horses before he drove his chariot
through the river.
The Roman senate, under the domination of Pompey,
Caesar's rival, had ordered Caesar, who had won such
splendid victories in Gaul, to disband his legions.
That was the turning point in the career of Julius
Caesar. The moment he received the tidings he started
for the Rubicon, which was the dividing line between
his province of Cisalpine Gaul and Italy proper.
Realizing the momentous decision he was about to make,
Caesar paused for a little on the bank of the river.
To himself and to his companions he said: "If I pass
not this river immediately, it will be the beginning
of all misfortune. The die is cast!" With that he
drove his chariot into the river and stood on the
Italian side, ready for battle and ready for destiny.
Men of feeble resolve never make their mark. Mental,
moral, and spiritual invertebrates accomplish nothing
because they can decide nothing. Asked how he
conquered the world, Alexander the Great answered: "By
not wavering." The greatest conquest to which man is
called-the conquest of eternal life in Christ-is also
won by resolve and decision.
Joshua is one of the great hearts of the Old Testament
and of the world. He was every inch the hero. Whether
leading the spies into the Promised Land and making
with Caleb the immortal minority report, ...
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