God’s Promises to Us
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Chronicles 6,7; Psalm 135; Romans 4
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 7:11-22
When the temple was finally completed and the Ark of the Covenant was moved into place, Solomon dedicated the temple to God. He went to the Lord in prayer and asked Him repeatedly to hear the prayers of the Israelites. He asked God to hear their prayers now, as well as in the future. Through good times and bad, through times of obedience and times of sin, Solomon’s request was that God would always hear their prayers. In today’s key passage, God provides an answer to Solomon’s prayer of dedication. The Bible says, “When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, the LORD appeared to him at night”. (Vs. 11-12) While the Bible does not specify how much time had passed between Solomon’s prayer and God’s response, it reasonably could have been months or perhaps even years given that Solomon needed to finish the palace. While we are not sure of the exact timeframe here, it is important to note that regardless of how much time had elapsed, Solomon had to wait for God’s answer. Fortunately for Solomon, the wait was well worth it because God told him, “I have heard your prayer”. (Vs. 12)
There are two specific parts of Gods response to Solomon that I would like to focus on today. First, God said, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (Vs. 14) While originally God was speaking about the Israelites, it is clear that He is talking about His people, who are called by His name. As Christians, we are His people, who are called by His Son’s name. In Gods own words here, He is promising that if we humble ourselves and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, He will always hear our prayer. We do not have to wonder if He hears us, because the answer is always yes! Secondly, God said, “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.” (Vs. 14-15) Originally, God was talking about the physical temple that Solomon built. Today, however, because of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, each one of us can approach God through His Son and the “temple” of God is each one of us. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, we read, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” Moreover, in 1 Corinthians 6:19 we read, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own”. Because our bodies are God’s temples, we can rest knowing that His eyes and heart will always be with us.
In today’s key passage, God reveals to us two important truths that we must always hold in our hearts. God will always hear our prayers, and God’s eyes and heart will always be with us. With promises like that from the Creator of the universe Himself, what can possibly stand against us? What can we possibly have to worry about in this life? What can we possibly fear? Think about these truths today. Think about what they mean to your life. Think about how these truths put everything else into the proper perspective. Finally, praise God for these truths. Praise Him for His promises, and praise Him for his saving grace.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on May 23, 2014, in 14 - 2 Chronicles and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, God's Character, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Solomon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.