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The Psalmist wrote, "You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you." (Vs. 89:8b) The hymnist said it this way: Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus; just to take him at his word. Just to rest upon his promise, Just to know Thus saith the Lord. Jesus, Jesus - How I trust him How I've proved him o'er and o'er. Jesus, Jesus, Precious Jesus . O, for grace to trust him more. (2)

God is faithful beyond our ability to comprehend it. Under Joshua's leadership the people possessed the country we call the Promised Land. Note that none of them received the original promise of God that was given Abraham, yet every one of them who enjoyed the fruit of the land, benefited from it.

Such it is in the life of the believer. We have such an amazing blessing by having the word of God at our disposal. In it is a plethora of blessings and promises sufficient to equip us to face everything that comes our way. But the most amazing promise is the one that says, God's faithfulness never ends. It surrounds us and wraps us up in the confidence that God has never failed us yet and He won't start today.

As members of the church of Jesus Christ, we are partakers of the New Covenant of Jesus' blood and Righteousness. But, what happened to Israel's promise(s) when God's attention turned to us and away from them with the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost? Nothing really. Every word Jesus spoke is still true. Every promise God made to Israel is still on track. You can count on Him - God will keep his word. That's what we call "faithful."

Are you a recipient of God's favor? If you're saved, you are. And if you're lost you are as well, because with each breath you take, you have another opportunity to be saved. That is, as long as you are alive you have hope of trusting Christ as your Savior and receiving His blessing in this life and the next. But for those who are saved; are you acting like someone who has the blessing of the God on your life?

Can the world can see God's faithfulness demonstrated in your life? Don't be a sponge and soak up all his blessing and fail to bless Him in return. Today, you can show the world how a grateful person lives. After all, if there's something in your life that makes you different from those who are lost, don't you think there should be some corresponding evidence of the fact?

1 Developed from Read the Bible Thru ( Js. 21:1-22:20 Lk. 20:1-26 Ps. 89:1-13 Pr. 13:15-16 )
2. Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, words by Louisa M. R. Stead; music by William J. Kirkpatrick
Scripture comes from the Holy Bible, New International Version; (c)1978 by New York International Bible Society

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Not one of all the Lord's good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
Joshua 21:43