Faithful is a word that seems to be a buzz word today. It seems so hard to find a true manifestation of this word in our world today. When you do come across something that meets the criteria to be called faithful, then you need to make note of it.
I was reading in the Bible recently about how God had used a man named Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Joshua took over for “the man,” Moses. These people had been delivered from a life of slavery and mistreatment that lasted for generations. The journey from slavery to the Promised Land was not an easy one. It lasted for an entire generation because of unfaithfulness and distrust of the people in God’s word.
In Joshua 21, we see that the Israelites did not wander forever. God brought them into the Promised Land as He said that He would.
So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their fathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side according to all he had sworn to their fathers. None of their enemies were able to stand against them, for the Lord handed over all their enemies to them. None of the good promises the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled.
Joshua 21:43-45 CSB
For the casual reader, this may seem to be just a neat way of ending up that section of the Israelites moving in to the Promised Land. If you look closely though, you will see that there is much more in those verses than just a summation of what happened.
The LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their fathers… The LORD did not generalize on the promises that He gave his people. The Bible tells us here that the LORD gave all the land He had sworn. He didn’t give part… He didn’t give most… He gave all. This seems to be a pattern with God.
The LORD gave them rest on every side according to all he had sworn to their fathers. The LORD once again kept His word by giving them peace on every side. This was a peace that covered all borders. This was a peace that was promised to a people that had not known peace in centuries.
None of the good promises the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled. Read that last line again… everything was fulfilled. That means that nothing was left undone. There were no loose ends. There was no halftime here. God kept His word fully and proved Himself faithful.
Now I imagine – and it doesn’t take much imagination when you read the accounts – that the people wanted to see God’s “faithfulness” a little sooner than it came about. The truth is that God’s timing – especially in context of His faithfulness – is perfect. God is never late, but He is never early either. God always comes through and proves Himself faithful.
What is it in your life that you are looking for God’s faithfulness about?