God Keeps His Promises, Always

Joshua led the sons of Israel into the promised land, and God went with them.

“‘For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever.'” ~ Joshua 4:23-24 (NASB)

They fought many, many battles. And God went with them.

“…the LORD threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword. Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and O moon in the valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.” ~ Joshua 10:11b-14 (NASB)

They divided the land amongst the tribes, and God went with them.

“So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it. 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; all came to pass.” ~ Joshua 21:43-45 (NASB)

Joshua admonished them to remember that God went with them.

“‘Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.'” ~ Joshua 22:5 (NASB)

“‘But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.'” ~ Joshua 23:8 (NASB)

And on his deathbed, Joshua set before the nation of Israel a choice, whether or not to serve the God that went with them.

“‘And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.’ And the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;
…We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.’
…And Joshua said to the people, ‘You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves the LORD, to serve Him.’ And they said, ‘We are witnesses.’ ‘Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.’ And the people said to Joshua, ‘We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice.’
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day…
And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, lest you deny your God.'” ~ Joshua 24:15-16, 18b, 22-25a, 26-27 (NASB)

God went with them. He kept His promises. He fought on their behalf. He loved them.

And God does the same for me and for you. He goes with us. He keeps His promises. He fights on our behalf. He loves us.

Have you chosen? As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

This entry was posted in April 2012, Commandments, God, God's Faithfulness, God's Promises, Israel, Joshua, Love, Obedience. Bookmark the permalink.

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