all came to pass

Today's devotion from Joshua 21.

As we open Joshua 21, there are some interesting tidbits throughout the catalog of the priestly inheritances. I see place names that we have already encountered, and some that will play prominently in the readings to come.

It would be easy to get frustrated by another chapter that essentially reads like a lifeless list. However, even these lists play an important part in Scripture and in God's plan. Think of it this way: this would not be an insignificant list if it were directly relating to the location and contention of your own home.

I know that when we were buying a house, we looked at locations, construction, and lot size. We studied pictures on the internet, and scoured descriptions with a fine tooth comb. These were not just lists, they were important details that would impact our lives for the foreseeable future.

The same is true of these Scriptural accounts. Every detail plays an important part in the whole. In fact, just look at how this chapter ends, "So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their fathers, and they took possession of it and settled there." (Joshua 21:43, CSB)

These details are not insignificant because every word, description, and detail are the fulfillment of another promise of God. I love the last verse, "None of the good promises the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled." (Joshua 21:45, CSB) Not one word. God does not take revelation, promise, or words lightly. If He states it, it is because the idea was important enough for Him to reveal to us.

Friend, today let there be no doubt in your life. If God has spoken it, if He has promised, one day you too will stand in the future while looking to the past and be able to say, "...all came to pass."