AS GOOD AS HIS WORD Andy Hollifield 10-29-18
Joshua 23:14 “…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”. (KJV)
Little Teddy stands in the driveway with tears streaming down his face. His dad had left at the first of the year but promised to take him fishing in the spring. Dad called Monday to tell him to be ready to go Saturday morning at 7:00 AM. Now it was 6:55 and no sign of dad. “Had he lied to him or was something wrong?” Teddy couldn’t sleep at all last night because he was so excited. Just as he was about to go back inside he hears that familiar rumble of Dad’s truck pulling in the driveway. Dad kept his word after all.
The importance of being honest cannot be overstated. An old saying says that “A man is only as good as his word”. The scripture in Joshua is his dying declaration. As Joshua was nearing death, he wanted to remind Israel that God had kept all of his promises to them. In spite of all the conflicts and forty years in the wilderness, they were at last in the land of Canaan which God had promised to them.
In our own lives we can look and see the promises of God that he has delivered on and some we still wait for and pray about. There are a lot of times in all of our lives when situations look impossible and problems insurmountable. He has proven repeatedly in all of our lives that he is trustworthy and dependable. Even in those times when we may have grown weak in our faith and discouraged, God still keeps those promises he made to us.
What about us? Can our word be counted on and taken as gospel? Have we earned a good name by being trustworthy and dependable? Like in our story, it may seem a little thing to us not to keep our promises, but those that we fail to keep may cause hurt that can never be repaired. If we are to be godly and be a faithful Christian, we must be to others like God is to us; As Good As Our Word.