Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. Joshua 21:45 (ESV)
The Book of Joshua details Israel's entry into the Promised Land. Moses's successor Joshua led the people of Israel into the land of Canaan after forty years of wandering in the desert as a result of their rebellion against God. They defeated mighty kings and conquered powerful cities because God walked closely with his chosen people. He often helped them in miraculous ways, pointing to his immense power and compassion for those who were his. The commitment God had been displaying to Israel from Genesis to Deuteronomy culminated in this moment when his covenant to Abraham to make a nation out of one man finally came true.
Today, God's promises are no longer tied to one people or one place. He extends his offer of peace to anyone who believes. We trust him when he promises that by believing that Jesus's death and resurrection were enough for our sin, we will experience eternal life with God. Accounts like Joshua's are reminders to us that God has been in the business of keeping his promises since ages past, and we can confidently look forward to the day when he says, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 21:6a)." Take time today to consider the faithfulness of the promise-keeping God.