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dress that we meet with the words of our text. “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."
Now the main thing to be noted in our text is the subject of the appeal which it records. What is it? It is the faithfulness of God. My Christian brethren, how precious a matter then for holy meditation is there here for you! The faithfulness of God! You have staked your all upon it. A testimony therefore like that of Joshua before us comes with peculiar weight and value to your hearts. It tells you what is the character of that God to whom you have committed yourselves for time and eternity. And you
behold in Him one on whom you may safely rely. He is One who cannot fail those that trust in Him. He is One who ever has made good his word unto his people. He is One that changeth not. They that know thy name,” said David, “ will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.”
In aiming then to make use of our text, for the comfort and edification of believing souls, let us notice
1. To Whom Joshua WAS SPEAKING. To whom did he make this appeal ? The question will serve to remind us of some important facts and truths, as regards all true Christians.
It was to Israel that Joshua spoke : à people whom Jehovah had chosen to Himself, and separated from all other people on the face of the earth.
They had been in captivity. They were bondsmen in Egypt. The Lord sent to them his servant Moses. By him He commanded them to come out of Egypt. He bade them set forward on a journey through the wilderness that lay between Egypt and Canaan. He told them that Canaan was their’s. He had engaged long since to give it them. Now therefore he called on them to arise, and go forward to their inheritance. Forty years did they pass in the wilderness, and all that time did He undertake to feed, and guide, and to defend them : leading them on safely so that they needed not to fear, until He should have brought them to their rest, and
guided them in his strength to his holy habitation.'
Believer, how much is there here which serves to picture your condition. You were in bondage, a captive to the prince of the world, serving sin. God sent to you.
His Gospel was the message of his love. Thereby He called you to come out of the world. He bade
seek a better portion. He opened before your view the heavenly land. “ Arise," said He, “for this is not your rest.” “Seek the things that are above. I have prepared for you a city.” And He gave you grace to listen, and obey. You set
forward for heaven. A sinner though you were, yet convinced of sin, and longing for pardon and salvation, you heard of Jesus the Saviour of sinners, and you believed: you said, this Saviour is for me.' You laid hold on Christ; and in so doing you laid claim to heaven. Thenceforward you became a traveller towards the heavenly city. A wilderness lay between the region you had left, and the land you had in view : that wilderness you must traverse.
But how? you needed sustenance : you needed guidance : you needed defence.
Whence should you receive them ? The Lord undertook to provide for all. Food for your souls, direction in your way, protection to the end, all that you required He pledged Himself to supply. “ Jehovah Jireh,” you said,
you said, “The Lord will provide.' And thus far you are become like Israel. You are spiritually, what they were literally, pilgrims, under God's defence, journeying toward a promised land.
II. Observe, WHAT IT WAS THAT JOSHUA AFFIRMED. It was this, that all which God had undertaken He had fulfilled. Not one thing had failed, all was come to pass.
See then, believer, what ground you have for confidence. Israel's God is your God. The faithfulness He shewed toward them is the same that He will shew toward you. You behold them in possession of the promises. All the good things which the Lord had spoken they had realized. So shall it be with you. God saith to each of you, as he said to Jacob, “I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."
Now, Christian brethren, I desire that you should take and enjoy the comfort of this truth. St. Paul sums it all up in few words when he writes to the Hebrews, " He is faithful that hath promised :" I wish you to rest upon that rock, à faithful God. And in order that you may do so, you must bear in mind what it is that God hath promised : what those good things are which the Lord hath spoken concerning you.
You are, as we have said, pilgrims in a desert land. And you are "journeying unto the place, of which the Lord hath said, I will give it you. Now, what the Lord hath promised you is, as it was with Israel, all that you shall need by the way, sustenance, direction, defence, and safe conduct to your eternal home.
Sustenance :-your souls require it. Alas, this is a land which yields no food for souls : souls, I mean, who know what it is to “hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Truly do such continually cry out as David did, “My soul thirsteth in a barren and dry land.” “Husks which the swine do eat," are to be had in abundance; but “ bread of life" there is none.
Then now behold God's provision. “My flesh,” said Jesus, “is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed: he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." This is the sustenance, believer, for your soul : Christ as revealed in his
word: Christ as set forth in his ordinances Christ as manifested by the Lord the Holy Spirit to your hearts : it is on this you live : herein you do find food : day by day you take of Christ into your souls, that is, the truths you know concerning Christ you meditate upon, and enjoy in their power and application to yourselves. “ The life I now live in the flesh," said St. Paul, “I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
there is life in that truth, “ He loved me, and gave Himself for me. Here is the personal appropriation of the Saviour. This is to “ feed on Him by faith in our hearts." And this is the nourishment provided for the souls of the people of God on their pilgrimage. Let them but have Christ in their hearts by faith, and their spirits are strengthened and refreshed, and they go forward on their journey heavenward, rejoicing in God their Saviour.
Again, guidance is another blessing Christian pilgrims want. Our God promises it therefore to them.
“If any of you lack wisdom,” saith St. James, “ let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. God undertakes to instruct his people, and He will do it. By his word He
maps out their path. By his Holy Spirit He lightens their eyes to see the good and the right way. By his providence too He often indicates his will. And humble, praying saints, who only wish to know and keep that will, the Lord never forsakes. “ The meek,” it is said, “ will He