JOSHUA 21-22: THE PROMISE STILL STANDS
THE PROMISE STILL STANDS!
Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and said to them, “You have observed all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, and have obeyed me in all that I have commanded you; you have not forsaken your kindred these many days, down to this day, but have been careful to keep the charge of the Lord your God. And now the Lord your God has given rest to your kindred, as he promised them; therefore turn and go to your tents in the land where your possession lies, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side of the Jordan. Take good care to observe the commandment and instruction that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to keep his commandments, and to hold fast to him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents (Joshua 22:1-6 NRSV).
Worship leader, Cory Legg, is singing for the first time at The Journey a song titled, "The Promise Still Stands."
Joshua is the story of God's people moving from slavery to wilderness to the land of promise and flourishing. And when they take those courageous steps across the Jordan, into the unknown and fearful territory, Joshua is careful to lead the people to give glory to God and to keep God's commands. Joshua passes on the commandment to "love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his commandments, and to hold fast to him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul."
The promise of God to be faithful to the covenant is most powerfully fulfilled not in land and inheritances but in the person of Jesus Christ who comes out of this land, as a fellow Israelite who shows God has never failed Israel and never will. God is faithful, and as this song says, "The promise still stands" that God is faithful for all eternity.
The promise still stands!
Do you lack confidence and trust in the promise of God to be faithful to Israel, to the church that Jesus Christ died for, to the world that God created? The most important journey of life is learning to trust the Lord. What steps in trust do you need to take today?
Dear LORD, help us to have a simple, uncluttered trust today. Amen.
Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.