NO, NOT ONE

Andy Hollifield 6-9-18
Joshua 23:14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

That is a wonderful fact in that verse isn’t it? “…Not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass…” I am glad to report that this verse in Joshua is a personal verse. Who among us could ever say that God has not come through on anything he has promised concerning us. I have always believed that God answers prayer request with one of three answers; yes, no, or not now. Not now seems to be the one I have the most trouble with.

Actually, I had written a note in my little notebook I carry with me to church months ago. The note simply said; “the last locust.” It is out of Exodus 10:19 and says, “….there remained not one locust in all the coast of Egypt.” That is speaking of course about when God removed the plague of locusts from Egypt. I was struck by the phrase, “there remained not one.” That sums up just how complete God does everything. I began to look at some of the other plagues to see how they ended. Isn’t it wonderful that God can take scripture you have read repeatedly and still show you something fresh and new out of it. I know that it’s not really new but maybe just to me. God can make you feel like you are the first one to ever think of something or see it in a verse.

Let me highlight a few verses for you; Exodus 8:31 speaking of the flies, “there remained not one.” In Exodus 9:6 when every cow of the Egyptians died; “…but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.” Then there was darkness so thick it could be felt. Can you imagine that? The Israelites stayed in their houses for three days but they all had light in them. This is just Andyology, but I think there homes had daylight and not candlelight. That’s only an opinion. In Exodus 12:30 talking about the plague of death and passover. The children of Israel were under the blood but of the homes in Egypt when the death angel passed through, “…there was not a house where there was not one dead.” In Deuteronomy 2 it speaks of the cities that Israel was having to fight with and says; “…there was not one city too strong for us: the Lord our God delivered all unto us.” In 2 Samuel 17:22 when David and his men needed to cross Jordan it says, “…by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.” In Psalms 34:20 a prophecy concerning Jesus; “He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.” Psalms 105:37 speaks about the Israelites condition when they left Egypt and says, “…there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” Psalms 106:11 speaking of God drowning the Egyptians in the Red Sea says, “…there was not one of them left.” There are also a few in the New Testament. I feel sorry for those people who don’t believe that the Old Testament is relevant to us today. They miss out on a lot of blessings from the Lord.

The reason I listed so many of the scriptures talking about how thoroughly God did things for them, is because he hasn’t changed. The same God that did all the miracles for the Israelites can and will do what we need just as thoroughly. I am so thankful that he is no respecter of persons. In my own righteousness, I wouldn’t be worthy of the least of God’s blessings much less of his salvation.

All too often, we wind up not seeing the Lord move like we want him to. That is not a shortcoming on part of the Lord but rather on us. It is easy when we are down or troubled about something to try to hang on to it just a little and help God fix it. God doesn’t need our help. As these verses illustrate, our God is well able and powerful enough to do things thoroughly right down to the last fly or locust. Whatever it is that you might be trying to fix in your own life, get your paws off of it. God can do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20)” Sometimes we need to do like Jesus told all the scoffers to do in Matthew 9:24. We just need to give place and allow him the opportunity to do the work that he has planned for our lives. Don’t worry, when God fixes something he doesn’t leave one thing undone. Remember; “…not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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