Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Words of Encouragement

This is my daughter and I at her senior luncheon. I made a promise to her that I would be consistent in her life and by the grace of God I have. How much more then is God, the good Father consistent with us?

He stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying: "Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. - 1 King 8:55-57

God's Promises. His word is true. The ark of God is brought to the temple. Solomon is now king and he summons all the people during the time of the festival in the seventh month.

The bases of this chapter is to remind the people that God's word has not failed. God promises things to David that he fulfilled. He made promises to the people even when they were in captivity, that he has fulfilled. He promised them rest and he has fulfilled it. Not one word he promises through his servant Moses has not been fulfilled. The request is may God be with us as he was with our fathers and may he never leave us or forsake us.

God's word is truth. In a time when things can be "sometimey", God is always true. Even as they were trying to worship God, it says it this chapter the priest could not go in because the Lords glory filled the temple. God had promised that he would be with the people and in their midst he was. It is the same for us. God promised he would be with us and his Spirit is in us. He promised to never leave us or forsake us, and he keeps his promise. He promises us rest from our burdens and our "wars" and he is a God that will keep his promise. He will give us rest from those things that burden our lives.

Are there some promises of God that you are trusting in? Or have you began to doubt because it seems to be taking so long to come? It is not our ability to know and to predict when God will fulfill his promises. It is however, our responsibility to trust that he will.

I pray for us today to hold on to the promises of God. We can rejoice as Solomon did when he saw the fulfillment of God's promises. We can however take it a step further. We can begin to rejoice NOW, even before we see in our natural eyes what God is doing spiritually. We should rejoice until the natural meets up with the spiritual and then we will see the miracle unfold, the promises fulfilled.