After Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land, “they took possession and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all of their enemies over to them. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled” (Josh 21:43-45).
When life knocks us around we sometimes see our faith wobble a bit. It’s during those difficult times that we may begin to wonder if it’s all worth it. The answer is always a resounding, “Yes.” Our God is a faithful God who keeps His word. We are told multiple times in Scripture that God does not lie (Num 23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb 6:18).
I love the Hebrews passage previously mentioned. It speaks of how God made a promise to Abraham, and that Abraham waited patiently and obtained the promise. Then the writer of Hebrews makes application and says, “We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”
Our hope is not a wishy-washy hope that is as uncertain as the weather. And our hope is not mere wishful thinking. Biblical hope is certainty from God which brings encouragement and builds our faith. God’s Word is something we can take to the bank! “Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to me. I am undeserving of Your awesome goodness. Let me run the race as one who always sees the end in sight. I look forward to the rest You promise me in Your eternal presence.”
Jacob’s Vision and God’s Promise (illustration from a Bible card published 1906 by the Providence Lithograph Company)