Joshua and God’s Faithfulness (Joshua 21:45)

Joshua 21:45


Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.


            When we read through the book of Joshua, it is sometimes easy for us to mentally check out. In my own reading for today, the word “pasturelands” occurred 45 times. That is a lot of pastures. And as a 21st century pastor, I’m not really interested in pastures.


            But there is more to this text than simply borders, boundaries, cities, and pastures. Joshua’s second half is about the faithfulness of God. God promised Abraham that he would give a land to his descendants. Then, after hundreds of years, after slavery in Egypt, after wilderness wanderings, and after unbelievable battles, God kept his promise. God did exactly what he said he would do.


            Does this passage about pastures and borders matter to us today? Of course it does. This passage reminds us that God always, absolutely always, keeps his promises. He never lets his people down. God never goes back on his word.