How do you see this relating to marriage? Joshua 21:43-45

As we meditate on this incredible Joshua passage, there is so much to ponder.

43 Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. 44 And the LORD gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the LORD had given all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

How do you see it relating to marriage?


Jeff & Cheryl Scruggs

Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are authors, speakers, and Biblical counselors, not LPC's. Their writings include the widely used book I Do Again, which chronicles their thirty-year story of marriage, betrayal, infidelity, divorce, emotional damage and scarring, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, and remarriage to each other. Jeff and Cheryl are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries in Dallas. They speak at conferences and weekend worship services in churches across the nation, sharing their love story of hope, redemption, restoration, and God taking hold of their lives. See their website:

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  1. Sharon Sullivan

    Well, between your June 2nd post and this one, I see 20 chapters of trouble for Isra'el – due to their individual sin or even as a group. I'm sure it was confusing when Joshua, who heard God's promise in chapter 1, saw that promise followed by his defeat in Ai in less that 5 chapters. Ahh, our sin and its consequence. It affects us individually, as couples, and even as entire families. But if we can keep in mind that God is using these consequences (disciplining those He loves!) to refine us until He has our complete surrender to Him, we can be sure that a "harvest of righteousness" will be produced. Much as the Israelites saw their promise fulfilled, we will too, in our marriages, our families and even our ministries. God has me studying out Brokenness these days. I highly recommend Chas. Stanley's book on Brokenness + Nancy Leigh DeMoss' book on Brokenness/Surrender/Holiness.


    Hi Alicia,Thank you so much for your comment! This is excellent wisdom.

  3. Alicia

    God never fails to keep His promises. Not one of His promised "had failed; all came to pass." I have been meditating on promises today. A dear friend reminded me of the promises God made to Abraham, and he believed God though he didn't know him that well yet. We live in a world that does not keep promises. Our culture does not honor vows or promises, especially regarding marriage. But God sets the standard, He always keeps His vows and promises with His people. And that is what I hope the world sees through our marriage circumstances, regardless of how long it takes or the pain, God's mercy is unending, He is faithful when we are not. I want to reflect God's image to the world: faithfulness and the neverending love of God. I want to keep the promises I made with my spouse on our wedding day, and hope that the promises I made "all come to pass."

  4. Anonymous

    Wow, ur so strong…. It's such a roller coaster… I'm not sure I am always such a good mirror of Jesus… My problem is the rejection… That was the issue that lead me to the Lord!!! I remember reading in Cheryls book after the theft incident she couldn't get hold of him and spirals… That is me constantly…. I want to be a good ambassador for Christ, I do!!!! Is it true that u need to emotionally divorce urself and put the Spose on the back burner??? I didn't get that from I do Again… But other books suggest it….

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