promises

My thoughts are swirling and there’s a theme if you’ll bear with me and follow the trail of what I have been reading and sitting in lately and what has been spoken over me of late…

“So the LORD gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there.” (Joshua 21:43)

The Lord gives. He gives. He gives a good land. And yet we still have to take possession of it. I have to receive it. I have to open my hands, welcome and walk into what He gives. And then we have to settle there. I have to embrace making my home with Him, the good land He has given me. Trusting what He has spoken and that He withholds no good thing from me (Psalm 84:11).

“The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their ancestors.” (Joshua 21:44a)

Rest. Perfect Sabbath rest in the person of Jesus (Hebrews 4). Found in Him. Finding myself in Him. Surrounding me. More fully alive than ever. Able to catch my breath, to exhale. Available to all who will call on Him. Won’t you do so today if you haven’t yet?

“Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hands.” (Joshua 21:44b)

Why should I ever be afraid? The One Who is in me is greater than the one in the world (1 John 4:4). I am an overcomer. A treasured child of the Most High. I am secure. My present reality and my future and all He plans to give me is secure.

And now it gets tender… The vulnerability to hope, to believe comes close…

“Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:45)

Yes, this is past tense. But if He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), then His character is constant and I can trust that not one of the good promises He has made which have yet to be fulfilled, will be fulfilled. In His time and in His way, which may not be how I anticipate. But they will be fulfilled. They will not fail. Of this I am sure.

All of God’s promises have a resounding and eternal “Yes” of fulfillment in Christ. And to this, I will say “Amen, let it be, yes Lord.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

I believe that the Lord will fulfill His promises to me (Luke 1:45). The particular and personal promises, in a beautiful and life-giving way. To give, to fill, to fulfill. Because He only does good.

So today, and each day, when He says my name, I will turn toward Him (John 20:16). I won’t hide or run or deflect. Because “My heart has heard You say, ‘Come and talk with Me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.'” (Psalm 27:8)

Because I trust His heart, that it is open to me, that He sees me…I trust His words. That He will fulfill them. And they make an tender and personal entry into my life. And every one is fulfilled. And everyone is fulfilled.

And just to show His intimacy and goodness, look at this birthday blessing text I received literally after just typing out “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled” … “This year is going to be amazing and filled with so many promised fulfilled!” Yes, Lord, I turn toward you! I am coming!

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