“Know this with all your heart, with everything in you, that not one detail has failed of all the good things God, your God, promised you. It has all happened. Nothing’s left undone—not so much as a word.” Joshua 23:14
Years ago, I attended a weekly neighborhood Bible study. The study brought out many different theologies and interpretations of the scripture we read. One woman, from a more conservative Bible church, came each week with a heavy heart. One day she tearfully asked for prayer for her brother-in-law that he would find the Lord and be saved. Each week she worried that her weakness to sin would never get her into heaven. This woman, who lived in the fear of the Lord, sapped the joy out of the one-hour study.
Joshua had seen and experienced a lot during his long life and knew he would soon die. He called a meeting with elders, chiefs, judges, and officers of Israel to share some important information. In conclusion, he reminded them God never fails to deliver a promise.
Hindsight is 20/20. By trusting God, I created the capacity to receive something from that neighborhood Bible study and how the lack of faith by one of God’s children helped me grow stronger in my faih. Today, I feel comfort–not fear–knowing that God will never give up on me as I walk my messy faith journey.
Thank you, God, for following through with the promises you make. Amen.