Not One Word Has Failed
And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing
has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you.
All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed. (Joshua 23:14)
Near the end of his life, Joshua took time with the Israelites to review
all that God had done for them since they first began following Him. God had
given them an impossible assignment: to conquer a foreign and hostile land with
fortified cities and armies more powerful than their own. The Israelites were
to go forward with nothing more than God’s promise that He would go with them
and take care of them. Now Joshua looked back over their experience and
reminded the Israelites that God had kept every promise. They had experienced
numerous victories and had enjoyed God’s provision for every need.
Sometimes hindsight gives us a clear picture of how faithful God has
been. We are tempted during a crisis to wonder if God will be faithful to His
promises. We focus on our problems, and our trust in God begins to waver.
Twenty-four years after God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, they were still
waiting on God to fulfill His promise. But in the twenty-fifth year, Abraham
and Sarah could look back and see that God had been faithful. As David was fleeing
for his life, he may have been uncertain how God would keep His promise to make
him a king. But at the end of his long and prosperous reign, David could review
how God had kept every promise.
You, too, can rely on God’s faithfulness. Are you in a crisis? Hold to
the promises of your Lord! He will not forget His promises to you. Look back
over your Christian life and recount the many ways in which God has been
faithful to His word.