God will never fail His children
So the Lord gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. And the Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could stand against them, for the Lord helped them conquer all their enemies. Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true. Joshua 21:43-45
When Moses sent the twelve spies to scout Canaan as commanded by God, the ten returned bringing this report: “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are” (Numbers 13:30). It was only Joshua and Caleb who told the Israelites that they should proceed for God is with them. “‘Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. They said to all the people of Israel, ‘The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord...the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them’” (Numbers 14:6-9). The people were not persuaded to proceed instead they wandered for forty more years in the wilderness where they perished and it was the new generation that took Joshua and Caleb’s word to proceed; only when they have trusted God that they found that His promises to be true. Israel had witnessed the faithfulness of God. “Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true” (Joshua 21:45). When the people placed their faith in God and His word, they experienced victory and rest. It is because of God’s grace that prompts and stirs our faith that we trust Him. Without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6). It is during times of testing that we find how much we believe and trust God. The grace that is available to increase our faith is dependent on how much we will trust God and His word. So, when our faith is weak, we must not despair instead let us cry out to God and ask Him for greater grace. Everything we have or achieve in this life come from the grace of God. As this year closes, let us not lose hope despite the difficulties we are experiencing. We have in Jesus a refuge that is stronger than what this world can offer. Not only that He is our refuge during times of difficulties, He is our refuge for eternity when we know that Jesus is our inheritance. The God who proved to be faithful in the past is also the same God who promised to be faithful in every generation. “We have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while” (1 Peter 1:4-6).
Have a blessed, fruitful, hopeful, joyful, and safe New Year!