Joshua, the Man & the Book #16 February 6, 2018

If there’s one thing we can learn from God’s dealings with the Israelites, it’s that God is FAITHFUL.

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And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed to come true; all came to pass.  Joshua 21:44-45

After designating forty-eight cities for the tribe of Levi, the parcelization of the Land was complete and Joshua records that the ‘promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel’ all came true; every single one of them.  God cannot deny Himself nor can He violate His own Word.  He is utterly and completely faithful in every way and that, my friends, is one of our greatest sources of strength.

There is a philosophy that is out there that believes in God, but has some messed up opinions on how God works. They believe that God created the everything that you see in 6 days, but then He has left us to our own devices; something like a clock that has been wound up but then is left alone and never tells time.

What exactly do I mean when I say that God is faithful?

Faithfulness means seeing it through till the end. “Seeing what through?“ Whatever you are committed to. Marriage. A friendship. A Career. Lacking the last five yards of anything makes the first ninety-five pointless!”

God is not a 95 yard dasher. He completes the whole thing! He’s faithful to the end!  He always has been and He’s not going to start being UNfaithful with you!

God is faithful to His promises

God promised Abraham – Genesis 17:4 ‘This is My covenant with you. I will make you the father of a multitude of nations.  NLT

So God took this child-less man and was faithful to His promise and during the time of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, Abraham’s descendants numbered 1 – 2 million.

God is faithful to His people

God made an important promise very early in biblical history that He has faithfully kept even to this day! The promise was made to Noah, and Noah’s descendants afterward, and every living creature that was with Noah in the ark. Never again, would God allow there to be a world wide flood. And God has sealed this promise! – sealed with what? A rainbow!

A colored banner that hangs in the sky for all to see. And when does a rainbow usually appear? After a rain! It’s as if God is winking at us reminding us – “hey don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten my promise!”

God’s love for you is HIS promise! That’s why he created you in the first place. You are loved. You will always be loved

Are you getting the picture here? God is COMMITTED to you! He’s not going to stab you in the back. He’s not going to let you down. He’s not going to abandon you. He’s not too busy. He’s not annoyed with your requests. There is NO question about it – He will be there for you – always.

God is faithful to His own Word

This, in part, is what separates God from us. We live in a world of broken promises don’t we? We live in a world where people aren’t true to their word, where talk is cheap. F

Faithfulness is something that separates God from you and me. God has never broken a promise or failed His people!  He meant what He said and He said what He meant.  You can utterly depend on the Word of God.

God’s Word is Supernatural in origin.  It is:

Eternal in duration

Inexpressible in value

Infinite in scope

Regenerative in power

Infallible in authority

Universal in application

Inspired in totality.

It doesn’t get any better than that.  We should read it, absorb it, meditate on it, pray over it and pass it on to others.

Application:

Joshua declared with authority that EVERY promise of God came to pass.  Remember however that it didn’t happen overnight!  We tend to be impatient in this modern society. We want to see the answer yesterday.  The message from Joshua to us this day, right now, is to hold firm in our faith, immovable in our commitment, and uncompromising in our life style for EVERY WORD OF GOD IS SURE.  What God has promised WILL come to pass.

If you’re waiting for the answers to certain prayers, don’t give up.  NEVER underestimate the power of prayer. Leave the timing to Him and busy yourself with hiding His Word in your heart and trusting Him who cannot fail.

 

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