Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 12-14; 1 Corinthians 7
Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 14:6-15
Have you ever noticed that in today’s world when someone keeps a promise it is a pretty big deal? You read stories in newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet about a person keeping a promise, and it is written as if keeping the promise was an amazing thing. In our society today, the fact is that most people do not expect others to keep their promises. Politicians make promises to get elected that they do not intend to actually keep. People promise they will show up for an event and then cancel at the last minute or fail to show up at all. Couples make a promise in marriage and then quickly divorce at the first sign of trouble. It seems that in our present age, most people do not take promises very seriously. Because of this, most of us have learned through experience to guard our hearts to a certain degree. There are times when we all almost expect someone else to fail us. There are times when we expect others not to keep their promises. The sad thing is that this distrust for humans sometimes spills over onto God. Since we expect others not to keep their promises, it is easy for us to expect God not to keep His promises either. The Bible, however, provides us with plenty of evidence that God keeps His promises, and today’s key passage is a great example.
When the Israelites were first led out of Egypt, Moses sent spies into the Promised Land to gauge the strength of the opposing forces. Of the twelve spies that were sent, only two of them had a favorable report – Joshua and Caleb. While all of the other spies believed that the forces were too strong to oppose, Joshua and Caleb believed that God would be with them and would help them conquer the land. (To read more about this event in a related post entitled When Fear Overshadows Faith, CLICK HERE) Of course, we all know that at the time the Israelites chose not to listen to Joshua and Caleb and spent the next 40 years wandering around the desert. Because of his faith in God, however, God made a promise to Caleb. In Numbers 14:24, God said, “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” Now we fast-forward to a time 45 years later, after the Israelites conquered the promised land and were getting ready to divide the land amongst themselves. In today’s key passage, we find out that the promise God made 45 years earlier was fulfilled. In Joshua 14:13-14, we read, “Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.” Obviously, God does not put a time limit on His promises.
God is completely faithful to us, and He keeps all of His promises. Even if you have been hurt by others, God will never hurt you or forsake you. Even if others have lied to you, God will never lie to you. God made us many promises in the Bible, including the gift of salvation, and we can trust that His word is good. One of those promises is in Ephesians 1:11-14 where we read, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Believe in God’s promises for you, and never doubt that He will be faithful to His word.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on March 22, 2014, in 06 - Joshua and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, God's Character, Holy Spirit, Israelites, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.