March 14

God always keeps His promises.

Reading these four chapters may seem tedious as you walk through each of the tribes and the land that was given to them within the Promised Land as their inheritance. As you do so, be reminded of the purpose statement our author gives for these chapters in 21:43-45.

43 Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. 44 And the LORD gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the LORD had given all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

After so many generations of slavery and years of wandering in the wilderness outside the Promised Land, they finally enter in. “And they settled there.” These words may seem mundane to us, but imagine what it must have felt like for them as that promise became a reality. “Not one of all their enemies withstood them.” Just imagine such peace and security! All the good promises the Lord had made to them came to pass. He was totally faithful to them.

Theirs was a temporary picture. Trouble arises again. Nations assail them again. Peace is ephemeral.

But the eternal is coming! The shadow gives way to the reality! All sad things come untrue! Our King, Jesus Christ will call us into His Promised Land, and all the promises of God find their yes in Him (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Now read Revelation 20-22 and rejoice that not one word of all the promises of God will fail on behalf of those who are His through His Son, Jesus Christ.