Bible Devotions

Faithful

on November 12, 2009

Read Joshua 21

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel.  All came to pass. Joshua 21:45

The Bible teaches us the character of God.  Last time we pondered God’s mercy over judgment.  This time we will consider God’s reliability.

Today’s verse is a good example.  God promised many things to the children of Israel.  All of them had come to pass.  Let’s review:

  • God said He saw the plight of His people in Egypt.
  • God said He would deliver them from the hand of Pharoh with many signs and wonders.
  • God said they would leave Egypt with many treasures.
  • God said He would lead them in the wilderness.
  • God said he would provide for their needs, food, water, and clothing while in the wilderness.
  • God said He would never leave nor forsake them.
  • God said He would bring them into the Promised Land.
  • God said He would subdue their enemies.
  • God said He would spare the Israelites when they put blood on their doorposts at Passover.
  • God swore to enlarge their territories.
  • God said He would provide atonement for His land and His people.

Now after living forty years in the wilderness and who knows how many years taking over the Promised Land, the children of Israel were at rest.  God did all He promised.  Not one thing failed.  All came to pass.

This is a repeated theme in the rest of the Bible.  God said…He did it or will do it.  We can trust Him to do what He said.  God has proved Himself reliable throughout the Bible.  But His reliability doesn’t stop with His written word, it continues in the lives of those who trust Him.

God said I have loved you with an unending love.  God said though your sins may be as scarlet, I can make you white as snow.  God said if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart, you will be saved.  God said there is no condemnation for those in Christ.  God said the old is gone and the new has come.

Talk with believers they will tell you how reliable God is.  They know what He did for them.  For me He took away years of bitterness and hardened heart and gave me a tend heart of love.  He took away my self-sufficiency so I would depend on Him.  He has lifted me up and placed me firmly on the foundation of Christ, never to be removed.  He purified me from all my unrighteousness.

God is reliable.  He is trustworthy.

Have you trusted Jesus Christ to save you yet?  Today is the Day of Salvation.  Put your trust in Jesus.  He will not let you down.

Lord Jesus, the One who was sinless yet died to pay for my sin, thank you for your reliability.  Help us to understand the depth of your trustworthiness.  Let us come to you boldly.  Fill us with your Spirit and lead us on the pathway of life.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of ThinkOnItBibleDevotions.com and BeingWomenOfInfluence.com websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

 

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