“The Lord gave them rest on every side according to all He had sworn to their fathers. None of their enemies were able to stand against them, for the Lord handed over all their enemies to them.” Joshua 21:45 (HCSB)
The book of Joshua serves as a victorious finale to the events recorded in the Pentateuch, in particular, those incredible encounters the Israelites had with Yahweh on their journey through the wilderness. It is a beautifully detailed picture of God continuing to fulfill His promises to His people. It records the memorable entry into the Promised Land so reminiscent of the great escape from the Egyptian army at the Red Sea. Many battles were fought and won. Cities were conquered. Nations were annihilated. The land had to be cleansed, for the Holy Presence of God entered the Land and His chosen people would dwell there. On numerous occasions Joshua and the people were encouraged by the Lord to be “strong and courageous.” (Josh. 1:6, 7, 9, 18; 10:25, 23:6) Through it all, it was God who fought for them and gained the victory.
The conquered land was divided among the people. The scripture says, “So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their fathers, and they took possession of it and settled there.” (Josh. 21:43 HCSB) Not only did God fulfill His promise to give the land, but He fulfilled His promise of rest. (Exodus 33:14) He gave them rest all around. They could settle and be secure knowing their enemies were no longer threats. As a matter of fact, God had given the enemies to them. The Lord was on their side. He promised that if they would obey Him, they would continue in His rest.
On your journey with the Lord you may face battles, difficult areas of your life to conquer, and strongholds to overcome. Remember that the Lord is fighting for you just as He did for the Israelites. God has promised to take you through the journey to the destination He has for you. Not only will He get you to that place, but he will also give you rest there. The enemy has no chance against you because the Lord is on your side. Continue to trust in Him. Walk in obedience and rest in Him. The rest the Israelites anticipated was in a specific locality—a land just beyond the Jordan River. Praise the Lord that Jesus Christ is our ultimate place of rest. It is in Him we can rest from the enemy and live securely. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mt. 11:28 (HCSB)
You can rest now, for God has fulfilled His promise. Will you rest in Christ?
“None of the good promises the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45 (HCSB)
By Abigail George
Passages for Further Study: Deut. 12:10; 25:19; Hebrews 4