READ: Joshua 9:1-21:45
- Promises made and promises kept. Whether it was to the two and a half tribes that wanted land on the east of Jordan or to the nine and a half that went west of Jordan, God gave the land, as He promised. There were gifts to individuals, to families and to tribes. God faithfully brought Israel into the land He had promised to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Israel did not always do exactly as God had hoped, but God always did what He had promised.
- Among the greatest lessons we might learn from reading a book like Joshua is that God can be trusted. He is faithful. And while there is still land left to conquer (the narrative gives hints of what is ahead for Israel) there is no depiction of God having failed them. The message is God’s faithfulness to His word, faithfulness to His promises, and faithfulness to His people.
- In a world marked by the unfaithfulness of spouses, parents, friends, coaches, leaders, and, well, most anyone, it’s nice to know there is someone who can be counted on. The story should not only give us hope that God can be trusted, but it should encourage us to strive for a similar kind of faithfulness that moves us to being a more trustworthy people. We can’t expect people to want the life we are offering if the life we offer is filled with treachery and deceit. Honesty and faithfulness compels others to want what we have.
- What underlying foundation is missing from our character that allows for such a glut of unfaithfulness?
- How do we cultivate faithfulness among a new generation?
- What would it take for you to be a more faithful person yourself?
Thank God for His faithfulness. Pray for a life that exhibits faithfulness. Ask God to accept the worship we will offer Him this Sunday.