I finished up the book of Joshua last week and an interesting thing stood out to me. The Lord had led the Israelites out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and into the land of Canaan where He had given them over to their enemies. This is what is said about what the Lord had done for them:
“So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their fathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side according to all He had sworn to their fathers. None of their enemies were able to stand against them, for the Lord handed over all their enemies to them. None of the good promises the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:43-45
All of the good promises the Lord had made to the Israelites were fulfilled!! Everything!! God spoke and it happened. This was a great reminder to me as I began to reflect on all the promises God has made and how little I really try to cling to them. But then just two chapters later Joshua, getting old in age and about to die, reminds the Israelites of God’s faithfulness to keep His promises to them. Joshua reminds them that ALL God’s promises, both good and bad, will come to pass.
“I am now going the way of all the earth, and you know with all your heart and all your soul that none of the good promises the Lord your God made to you has failed. Everything was fulfilled for you; not one promise has failed. Since every good thing the Lord your God promised you has come about, so He will bring on you every bad thing until He has annihilated you from this good land the Lord your God has given you. If you break the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and go and worship other gods, and bow down to them, the Lord ’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly disappear from this good land He has given you.” Joshua 23:14-16
It is easy to reflect and cling to the good promises of God, but I normally DO NOT think of God fulfilling all the bad things He says He will do if I forsake Him and turn to other gods. Through Jesus Christ I have forgiveness of sin, but that does not mean I do not have to pay the consequences for forsaking the one true God in my pursuit of idols. I pray the Holy Spirit helps me to walk in the way of the Lord and that even in the times when I am tempted to turn away from God, I will remember His many promises that give me life.
“This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life.” Psalm 119:50
Today may we lean on the promises the Spring of Life gives to us and remember that ALL God’s promises will come to pass.