BENCHMARKS OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Scripture Reading:  Joshua 24:1-13

“And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, “Long ago, you fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods.  Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the river and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many.  I gave him Isaac.”‘” (Joshua 24:2,3)

We now come to Joshua’s farewell address to the people of Israel.  He begins this last message by reviewing the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham until the conquest and settlement of the Promised Land.  He points to God’s call to Abraham and to his descendants, Isaac, Jacob and Esau.  Then he moves on to Moses and Aaron and how God delivered the people out of their bondage in Egypt.  He points them to the experiences during their wanderings in the wilderness and their conquests in the Promised Land.  All of these were benchmarks of God’s faithfulness.

As we read these verses carefully, it is evident, first of all, that God is sovereign.  He is in control of all things.  He ordains whatsoever comes to pass.  He directs history and He rules and over-rules.  Notice the personal pronouns referring to God in this passage:  “I took your father Abraham…” (v. 3); “I gave him Isaac” (v. 3); “And to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau” (v. 4); “I sent Moses” (v. 5); “I brought your fathers out…” (v. 6).  You get the idea — God is in charge!

Second, God has a plan.  In this case it began with Abraham and ended with the possession of the Promised Land.  Of course, His plan is much bigger than this.  It is a plan to give us a hope and a future.  Many years later when the people were in captivity, God spoke these words to them — “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”  (Jeremiah 29:11).

Third, God is faithful.  He does what He says He will do.  Joshua said it well — “And you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you.  All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed” (23:14).

As I look back over my life, I too can see benchmarks of God’s faithfulness.  What peace it gives me to know that God is sovereign and that He has a plan for my life.  And I know that God is faithful and will complete the plan that gives me a future and a hope.

Lord God,  as I reflect upon my life, I can recall many benchmarks of Your faithfulness to me.  I give You thanks that You are a sovereign God who has a plan for my life and I know beyond any shadow of doubt that You are faithful and will complete that plan.

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