The other night I was reading in Joshua and something caught my eye. It caught my eye so much so that today, several days later, I am still thinking about it. I have reread it several times over the days.

What passage?

Joshua 21:43-45

43 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 

44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

There is something beautiful about this passage.

Think about how long the Children of Israel were roaming through the desert. God had mad a promise to them, but they wouldn’t accept that promise. They were unwilling to take the gift God wanted to give them. That is another lesson in itself.

But then God comes through.

God gave them all the land He promised to their parents.

God gave them peace and safety as He promised. Israel’s enemies fell before her as God promised. Every single thing God promised came to pass. He left nothing undone.

All came to pass.

You might be asking, “So what? God kept His promise.”

He did. But more than that, He kept all of them. Sometimes, as Christians, we look for God’s promises and when we get a blessing, we stop looking and expecting. We think, “OK, I got something, I should be content.” But if God promised, you can take it to the bank. If God promised, you should expect it. If you aren’t expecting God to deliver, He might do the opposite, just as He did to Israel. He might put you in a spiritual valley until you are ready to accept He wants you on the mountain.

Because they were not willing to possess the promise God gave them, millions died without. Because Joshua was willing to accept God’s word, he received the promise.

The point is this: It doesn’t matter how big or how small the promise, God will keep it. Our confidence in Him, our faith in His word guarantees that all will come to pass.

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