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Joshua 21:43-45

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A GIVING GOD!

Joshua 21:43-45
 
43 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. 45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
 
Maybe the greatest attribute of our Lord is that He gives and gives and gives. Arthur Pink wrote, "A GIVING GOD! What a concept! To our regret, our familiarity with it often dulls our sense of wonderment at it. There is nothing that resembles such a concept in the religions of heathendom. Very much to the contrary; their deities are portrayed as monsters of cruelty and greed, always exacting painful sacrifices from deluded devotees. But the God of Scripture is portrayed as the Father of mercies, "who gives us richly all things to enjoy" (1 Tim. 6:17)." (Pink, Arthur W., The Attributes of God, ch 21; theWord Bible Software)
 
There was not a single individual among the children of Israel, from the infants to the very elderly, neither male nor female, who did not enjoy and benefit from God's gift of the land upon which they now lived. They had homes in which to live that they did not build; they ate the fruit of the harvest that someone else had planted; and they drank water from the wells of their enemies. God gave, and His people possessed it and lived on it.
 
Someone might object that it says he had given, "all the land which He sware to give unto their fathers," but Israel was not in possession of it all. That is very true, but through no fault of the LORD. Israel had never lost a battle, and most of the Canaanites were discouraged and submissive to them out of pure fear. The heathen had seen the power of God, but Israel seems to have taken it for granted. They could have had all of the land, if they only had the desire to take it.  It was only because of the laziness of the children of Israel that portions of the land were still inhabited by Canaanites.
 
Yet, they had rest, another gift from the LORD. They dwelt in peace because the Canaanites were morally defeated. Who would raise his sword against such an army whose God went before it, destroying all who would stand in His way? Not one of Israel's enemies could stand before her, but Israel had allowed some to survive and to live among God's people.
 
Another attribute of God that is seen here is that of His faithfulness. He had sworn an oath to Abraham that He would give this land to his descendants and that they would be as numerous as the stars. Although Israel had sinned and was made to wait on the promises, God never wavered in His commitment to Abraham. The very fact that Israel entered and conquered the land is a testimony to God's faithfulness. It is a truth upon which we can establish our faith in Him.
 
And God never fails. It is impossible for Him to fail. There is power in His every word. The spoken words of His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were the very power that made it all happen. By a Word He created all things and by His Word all things consist. That Word is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who also swore that He would one day return for us, deliver us into our Canaan land, and give us rest.
 
Before The Throne:
 
Have you become too familiar with the gifts of the Lord? Look around you and give thanks. There are many more blessings that you could receive, but you must be willing to take them. Every time you serve the Lord, there is a blessing. Every time you give to the Lord, there is a blessing coming from it. Every time you praise the Lord to the heathen, you will receive a blessing. Pray about those things and make the decision to follow God's lead.
 
For Further Study:
 
(v.43) * Gen 12:7; Gen 13:15; Gen 15:13-21; Gen 26:3-4; Gen 28:4, 13-14; Exod 3:8; Exod 23:27-31; Ps 44:3; Ps 106:42-45;
 
(v.44) * Josh 1:15; Josh 11:23; Josh 22:4, 9; Deut 7:22-24; Deut 31:3-5; Heb 4:9;
 
(v.45) * Josh 23:14-15, 19; 1Kgs 8:56; 1Cor 1:9; 1Thess 5:24; Titus 1:2; Heb 6:18;
 

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Author David Roth has been the Multihousing and Community Outreach Director for the York Baptist Association in Rock Hill, S.C. for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and pastor of Midtown Ministries, an inner city ministry to over 50 children and is presently pastoring My Radical Church, a new church plant that is focusing on reaching the homeless and poorest of the city. He has written over 3,000 daily bible studies and is in the process of posting them on this website.

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