Before you get started, I want to invite you to pop over to my friend, Angela Mackey’s site where I wrote a guest post for her about a wrestling match of the Divine kind that recently gripped my heart. If you’ve ever wrestled with God about anything or if you’re in the ring with Him now, I hope the Lord will use that post to bring comfort, encouragement and clarity. So, please pop over there and leave a comment.
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Have you ever had one of those weeks where life was just hectic and hard? I’m in one.
In fact, you were supposed to find this in your inbox yesterday, but the events of life didn’t go according to plan and here it is a day late – but perhaps just in time!
You see, although I can’t go into details, not only was writing that post for Angela difficult, but I just went through a very hard personal place in my family. Life sure ain’t always easy, is it girls!
Yet, in the midst of the mire, God spoke peace to my heart and whispered joy to my world… peace and joy in the truth that He is a covenant keeping God – that everything was going to be alright. And while I’m waiting to see something desperately specific come to pass, My God has called me to trust Him.
And so I do – Sometimes by dragging my heart to the altar of trust – other times I just supernaturally rest in the reality of who He is – a covenant keeping God who is true to His Word.
This week I’m doing a little of both.
And then I realized that sprinkled throughout Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication was his own reflections of God’s faithfulness and his freedom to ask God to fulfill future promises.
Take a look at this segment of Solomon’s prayer…
“He prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion. You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today. “And now, O Lord, God of Israel, carry out the additional promise you made to your servant David, my father. For you said to him, ‘If your descendants guard their behavior and faithfully follow my Law as you have done, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’ Now, O Lord, God of Israel, fulfill this promise to your servant David.” 2 Chronicles 6:14-17
Did you see what I saw?!
Solomon began with praise and progressed to the promise. So, check out the verbs he uses…
You keep your covenant…
You have kept your promise…
You made that promise…
You have fulfilled it today…
Carry out the additional promise…
Now, O Lord, God of Israel, fulfill this promise..
Sweet friends, God keeps His promises. He has kept His promises in the past. He will keep them in the future. He will fulfill every promise He has made. He will carry out His covenant. Not just because He can, but because He is not a man that He should lie – because He is God and His character assures us of it.
I’m HOLDING ON to God with all I’ve got right now. He promised something to me that I have yet to see fulfilled. But I trust Him.
And trust, my friend, is an intrinsic part of worship.
Are you desperate to see the Lord fulfill a promise too? Do you trust Him? How can I pray for you?