It’s easy to be a skeptic in this world. Are politicians telling the truth? Are news channels reporting the full story? Is there such a thing as unbiased research? Does our boss actually have our back? Will our kids do what we tell them to do? Are our friends saying to our face what they’re saying behind our backs?
And this skepticism and suspicion can trickle into our spiritual lives and leave us second-guessing. Is Jesus really who He said He is? Did He really come back to life after death? Can He truly work all things for our good? Is peace actually possible in times of pain and uncertainty? Does God still heal? Are my prayers making a difference, or are they even being heard?
God’s people had survived slavery in Egypt, they spent years wandering in the desert, and they received countless threats from their enemies; yet, after all this, they arrived in the Promised Land. The throne of David was established. And here, the building of God’s temple was complete. It was a big day, a monumental moment, and a cause for celebration.
As Solomon dedicated the temple to the Lord, he declared: “Praise the Lord who has given rest to His people Israel, just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises He gave through His servant Moses.” If we flip throughout the rest of the Bible, we see “just as He promised” is echoed again and again. We serve a God who keeps His Word, and as sure as the sun rises, His faithfulness continues.
Today, when we question the news, the intentions of our co-workers, or the sincerity of our friends and family, may we find rest in the truth that we can rely on our God. He will never disappoint. He will remain true to His Word. And surely His love and mercy will follow us every single day of our lives.
- How has God been faithful to you in the past?
- As we face the inconsistencies and instability of our world today, may this be our prayer: “Lord, this is my confidence: You are true to your Word, and because you’ve never failed me yet, I can be sure you’ll keep your promises in the future too. Great is your faithfulness!”
1 Kings 8:54-61
The Dedication of the Temple
54 When Solomon finished making these prayers and petitions to the Lord, he stood up in front of the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands raised toward heaven. 55 He stood and in a loud voice blessed the entire congregation of Israel:
56 “Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses. 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. 58 May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors. 59 And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the Lord be before him constantly, day and night, so that the Lord our God may give justice to me and to his people Israel, according to each day’s needs. 60 Then people all over the earth will know that the Lord alone is God and there is no other. 61 And may you be completely faithful to the Lord our God. May you always obey his decrees and commands, just as you are doing today.”
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