Summary: A sermon describing the faithfulness of God.
"The God Who Never Fails"
Joshua 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
Introduction: We live in a world that is broken, broken by sin and as we look about us it seems that everything is failing; all of our institutions are failing, our economic system is failing, and as a result there is a great deal of dysfunction, distrust, despair, and disillusionment. The things that we have counted on for generations seem to be crumbling before our eyes. Is there anything left that we can count on? Our text this morning is about the faithfulness of God. God proved over and over again that whatever He told the children of Israel would become a reality in their lives. Joshua is reminding them of that so that they would have courage and confidence in God for now and for the future. We can have that same courage and confidence in our own lives as we trust in God too! Let's look at the four things that God promised that came to pass. First, God promised them and then:
I. GOD GAVE THEN A POSSESSION
1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
a. Abraham's revelation
Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
Genesis 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
b. Abraham's rebellion
Even when we are not faithful, God is! Abraham did not keep covenant with God but God kept covenant with Abraham!
Genesis 12:9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
c. Abraham's realization
Hebrews 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Second, God promised them and then:
II. GOD GAVE THEM PROVISION
a. The mandated provision
Exodus 6:4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
God said that he would take care of them and He did! When they left Egypt they did not leave empty handed for God gave them 400 years of back pay!!
Exodus 3:21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: