Joshua 23:11 — “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God…” In Joshua chapter 23 we have old-man Joshua’s second last address to the Children of Israel. It was given perhaps 20 or 30 years after the conquest of Canaan and it was very timely. With peace and prosperity came the temptation to fall away from the LORD and go after the false gods of the Canaanite tribes that remained in the land.
Joshua charged the people to take great care that in their hearts they loved the LORD their God. If they obeyed the first and great commandment they would surely obey all the rest. It was exactly the message Israel needed to hear and it’s one that we need to hear. Just as Israel had to take heed to their souls, so do we.