Today's Devotion (Wednesday)

God is Faithful

JOSHUA 13:24-33

Key Verse:

"These are the countries which Moses did distribute for inheritance in the plains of Moab, on the other side Jordan, by Jericho, eastward" (Joshua 13:32).

After hundreds of years have passed, the promise God made to Abraham that his seed would one day inherit the land of Canaan eventually came to pass. Though their unbelief delayed their journey for another forty years in the wilderness, God still kept His promise and brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey. There were still territories to be captured and numerous enemy enclaves to be conquered and destroyed but Israel had, nevertheless, gained general control of the land. The major battles had been won, the overthrow of pockets of resistance in different territories would be left to each of the individual tribes to whom that territory was allocated. The actual allocation of the land, although carried out by Joshua, was ultimately determined by God Himself by means of the lot, most probably using the Urim and Thummin. The distribution of the territories and the allocation of each portion was done in a transparent way. Territories already allocated to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh were maintained. They were to have their inheritance in the plains of Moab, on the other side Jericho eastward. They eventually returned to their inheritance after all other tribes got their allocation. Again, the Lord fulfilled the promise to allow them have their inheritance on this side Jordan because the land was suitable for their cattle. No matter how long it takes, God’s promise to settle His children will eventually come to pass. It is important for every one of us to bear in mind that no matter what happens, God remains faithful to every word He has spoken. The picture of the various tribes of Israel entering into their inheritance is an encouragement to every weary pilgrim of Christ today. Just remain faithful and true to God and He won’t fail you.

Thought for the day: God’s faithfulness is as constant as the northern star.

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