“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.”
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. Godhad given them an impossible assignment: to conquer a foreign andhostile land with fortified cities and armies more powerful than theirown. The Israelites were to go forward with nothing more than God’spromise that He would go with them and take care of them. Now Joshualooked back over their experience and reminded the Israelites that Godhad kept every promise. They had experienced numerous victories andhad enjoyed God’s provision for every need.
Sometimes hindsight givesus a clear picture of how faithful God has been. We are tempted duringa crisis to wonder if God will be faithful to His promises. We focuson our problems, and our trust in God begins to waver. Twenty-fouryears after God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, they were stillwaiting 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 Godwould keep His promise to make him a king. But at the end of his longand prosperous reign, David could review how God had kept everypromise. You, too, can rely on God’s faithfulness. Are you in acrisis? Hold to the promises of your Lord! He will not forget Hispromises to you. Look back over your Christian life and recount themany ways in which God has been faithful to His word.