God Always Keeps His Promise, No Matter What!
Deuteronomy 9: 1-6
Hear O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven.
A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!
Understand therefore this day, that the Lord thy God is he which goeth over before thee as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.
Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
In this passage, Moses gave his last speech to the Israelites before he died. He told them specifically 2 times that the reason God was giving them the land of Canaan was not because they had followed Him completely, but because the time had come for Him to bring judgment upon the heathen nations that lived there.
Moses confirms that it was because the others were evil, not because Israel had been found righteous before God. He was keeping the promise he had made to Abraham hundreds of years before in giving them the land.
In the verses following those above, Moses named several instances where the people had failed to trust in God’s Word. They had become hardhearted and thought their way was better than God’s. He gave them much more mercy than they deserved, and blessed them immensely even though they never truly gave Him their whole heart.
You can always trust God to keep His promise, no matter what the circumstances. God never lies, and even though Israel didn’t deserve His Best, He gave it to them anyway because of His tremendous love, mercy, and grace.
No matter what you see to the contrary, if God has made you a promise He will certainly bring it to pass in His time and in His own way. Don’t get ahead of Him and try to make it happen yourself. Learn to wait on Him and you will see His Glory revealed in your life.
Don’t become hardhearted like Israel and miss all the wonderful things He has in store for you.