Have you ever had someone promise something for you only to have them break that promise? I think we have all had to deal with that type of disappointment in life at least once. When we get used to people saying one thing and then doing something different, we become frustrated, angry, and even cynical towards others. We start expecting people to hurt us or to let us down. I want to tell you this though, God is not someone who has ever or will ever fail you. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” That is going to be a lesson we see in today’s post for Blogging Through The Bible In 2020. Joshua 5:12 says, “Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.”
God had promised from the time that Israel had left Egypt that He would provide everything they needed for their journey. For over the past 40 years, six days a week God provided them manna to eat. He promised to provide them this food until the time they got into the land that God promised them. Once they arrived in the Promised Land, He would continue to provide for them, it would be the food of the Promised Land instead of manna. At this point in the book of Joshua, Israel has crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Therefore, God once again had proven Himself faithful to keep His promises. The amazing thing about it is this, God remained faithful to Israel even though Israel was often faithless towards God. They struggled to believe His promises, they complained against God, they complained against those God called to lead them, and in many cases they rebelled against God’s Word. Yet, God never failed them. He never broke a promise to them.
I don’t know about you, but that gives me joy and hope. God’s love and fulfillment of His promises to His children is not dependent upon the actions of His children, they are dependent upon the character of God. We can trust what God has said in His Word. This doesn’t mean that things will always go the way that we want them to go. There were times when Israel didn’t want to eat anymore manna, but God didn’t give them what they wanted; God gave them what He knew they need and what He had promised. In a world and a time of such uncertainty, we need to spend more time in the Word of God and see what God has said and what God has promised. Then, we need to pray that the Lord will give us the faith needed to trust Him. In the words of the hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, “His word shall not fail you He promised, believe Him, and all will be well; Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell.” If there has ever been a message for the church to proclaim, it is that one. Let’s study the word of God to know God more, and then go and spread the word to a world that is dying so that they to can have the hope and joy we have because of the Gospel.
By His grace and For His glory,