Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (Joshua 21:45)
Decades earlier, God had vowed to Moses that when He led His children out of Egypt, they would one day settle in a land flowing with milk and honey. Each of the tribes of Israel would inherit their own territories and make their homes there.
It was after the Canaanites had been defeated and the tribes east of the Jordan River were heading home that Joshua uttered the words above. As Joshua caught his breath and looked back on all that had been accomplished, he realized that what God had said would happen, had indeed come about. God had been faithful to EVERY ONE of His promises.
I mention this today for two reasons: 1). It’s good to remember that when we utter a promise, we need to fulfill it. God was the original Promise Keeper, and we can emulate Him by keeping promises ourselves; 2). God has not changed. He remains a keeper of His promises. He is faithful to His Word and to His church. If He’s promised it, He WILL fulfill that promise.
He’s promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) – take it to the bank. He’s promised to remove our sins as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12) – take it to the bank. He’s promised to return to collect His church (Revelation 1:7-8) – take it to the bank. He’s promised to wipe away every tear, end pain, death, mourning, and crying (Revelation 21:4) – take it to the bank. He’s promised an eternal inheritance that cannot be taken away (1 Peter 1:4) – take it to the bank!
Even when we are faithless, our God is a Promise Keeper. –Dave
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