Have you ever considered how sure and exciting the word of G-d is? From cover, to cover G-d is whispering and sometimes in a loud voice, “I keep my promises.” In Exodus 33:1 G-d is telling His people to press on, to go in and take the land He had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants. He says: “Depart, go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ This is a promise.
Only G-d can give the land, because He created the land, and He owns the land. He is G-d, and He can give the land to whomever He wishes. Leviticus 25:1,2 The LORD said to Moses in Mount Sinai, speak to the children of Israel, and tell them. ‘When you come into the land which I give you, Again G-d reiterates His promise. He gives the land to the children of Israel. And after Moses dies, G-d speaks to Joshua saying: ……..arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. (Joshua 1:2b,3) G-d’s promise is unwavering.
Joshua 1:9…..Have I not commanded you, be strong, and of good courage; do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:2b,3,9)
Do you notice that even though G-d made a promise that the land would belong to the children of Israel, they had to be a partner with G-d in fulfilling that promise? They had to believe the land would, in fact, be theirs, and they had to go in and battle for it. They had to believe that G-d would be with them wherever they went. Now their actions would prove their trust in G-d.
Joshua 14:9 “On that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.”
Again, the Lord reassures the children of Israel – the land is theirs! And again, there is a commitment the Lord is asking of them – to follow Him wholeheartedly.
We all know that Israel has endured setbacks, and consequences for disobedience and for not wholeheartedly following Him. Israel has suffered and been dispersed for 2,000 years. But in 1948, G-d began the return of His people to their promised land. The day after their statehood had been declared, five well equipped and ready armies attacked this new nation of war-torn immigrants. They partnered with G-d. They fought for their land. And a year later,
G-d granted them victory.
Today we see the battles still raging, and there is still an enemy who wants to thwart the promises of G-d. But this enemy will not prevail.
Psalm 136:21,22 …and He gave their land as an inheritance, His loving devotion endures forever. A heritage to His servant Israel. His loving devotion endures forever.
G-d’s promises and His loving devotion endure forever