2 Chronicles 6:15 God Keeps His Promise

Worship God in a field

You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it–as it is today. 2 Chronicles 6:15 

Promises are made every day by people all over the world. At the same time, promises are also broken every day by people all over the world. Broken promises occur so much that most people do not like to trust anyone’s word. Contracts have to be written up and signed for people to somewhat trust others, and even then, many still don’t trust their word.

The more complex a promise is, the greater it means when it is fulfilled. It can be refreshing when a promise if fulfilled. And it is crushing and depressing when a promise is broken.

Solomon had finished having the temple built for God. As he was in the process of dedicating it, he pointed out to God that He had been faithful and fulfilled His promise to David in him. God had promised the temple would be built by Solomon and it was. God had fulfilled His promise to David and Solomon.

Several thousand years later, God is still in the business of fulfilling His promises. He has never broken His word of promise to anyone to this day.

The challenge comes for many believers in recognizing God’s promises and realizing that it was God’s promise being fulfilled when something occurs. God has promised to meet every need of a believer. Many do not think God is meeting the needs, even though He has. It is some of the wants that God has not met, because it is not the best for the believer.

Believers need to stop and realize God’s hand of fulfillment in their lives each day. When good things are happening, it is often a fulfillment of a promise of God in one’s life.

Think of all the good things that has occurred in your life. How many of those things, if your really think about it, are a part of God’s promises to you? God’s provision of healing, food, joy, peace, forgiveness, clothing, housing and more.

God has been faithful to you each day and will not stop being faithful. No matter what God has promised you, in visions or from His word, He will make it happen.

Be willing to give God praise for His faithfulness to you. Let the world know of His faithfulness.

I pray today that you will see what God has given you; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will see when God is fulfilling a promise to you; and that you will give God praise for His faithfulness to you.

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2 Chronicles 3:7 Covered With The Best

Gold covered wall

He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim on the walls. 2 Chronicles 3:7

When a person is building a house, he wants it to look nice. He will strive to build it with the best materials he can afford. Once the house is built and the walls are up, he will work to paint it with the right colors. Covering the bare walls with the best colors is his goal.

Each person has a different opinion as to what is the best colors to make the house, but the goal is the same. They want the house to stand out as great. They want it to be comfortable and pleasing to the eye.

As Solomon was having the temple of God built, he had everything overlaid with gold. Gold was to be seen everywhere on everything. During his time, gold was the most precious material available. He also spared no expense in how the temple was built. It was an extremely costly expense to overlay everything with gold, yet it was done to honor God with the temple.

God had moved His dwelling place from the physical temple to the hearts of men and women. He now dwells in the lives of people, rather than in a building.

Each person who believes in Jesus is now a temple unto God. They are a work in progress from the moment they chose to follow Jesus.

As a person, they are not very beautiful to look at. People are filled with sin and faults. In order to change, they must put on the holiness and righteousness of Jesus. This is the new gold for God’s new temple.

Putting on His righteousness is costly. It will cost the believer his desires and life. All now belong to God and are to be holy unto God.

You are a temple unto God, a place where God can dwell. The righteousness of Jesus cleanses you and makes you holy. It can bring honor to God in a dark and sinful world.

The process of putting on the gold righteousness will be costly to you. You will have to give up some old habits and thoughts. Yet, in the end it is a witness to the world of who you serve and where your heart is. The world will see what you value and where your focus is.

Are you covered in God’s gold today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Savior; that you will be covered by Christ’s righteousness; that your life will be filled with God’s Spirit; and that the world will see Jesus in you. 

2 Chronicles 1:7 Asking God

Earth from space station

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 2 Chronicles 1:7 

Most people would like a blank check given to them to get whatever they want. They want to be able to write in the amount they want and know that it will be given. They dream of the genie in the bottle to grant their very wishes and desires.

God had did this very thing to Solomon. He appears to him and tells Solomon that he can ask for whatever he wants and he will be given it. It was a blank check given by God, Himself.

Many believers have read this passage and often dreamed of God doing this for them. Often this is done out of personal greed, desiring things for self, and not for the greater good.

Yet, many people forget that Jesus had made this same type of statement several thousand years later. He had stated that whatever one asks in His name, it would be given. This is a type of blank check.

God could see Solomon’s heart at the time He made the offer. He knew that Solomon would make a good choice. Solomon did not make a selfish choice for his own benefit, but one that would benefit the people as a nation.

God is always willing to grant requests when it lines up with His will and mission. His will that no one will die and His mission is to save every person. When requests are made with His will and mission in mind, God is more than willing to grant the request. These requests are not selfish or sinful in any way, they are made to God’s glory and kingdom.

Jesus has made this statement to you also. You can go before God and make your requests known to Him. As you go before Him with a request, take a moment to think about your request. Does your request line up with God’s will and mission? Or does it line up with personal greed and desire?

Go through the Bible and learn what God’s heart is about. What is His desire for you and all believers? Align your life and heart to that of God’s and you will ask things of God that line up with His desires. Then ask God and see how God works great things in and through you to build His kingdom.

I pray today that you will know God’s mission for you; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will put God’s desires first in your life; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life to build His kingdom. 

1 Kings 11:9 Making God Angry

Highway into sunset

The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 1 Kings 11:9 

Starting out great is something that is easy to do, but finishing at the same level or better is difficult. To finish well, one must stay focused the entire time. There must be a goal kept in the center of the mind and it must be aimed for, or else one will falter and fail.

There has been a lot of people who have started out doing great, always making the right choices, being successful, but in the end they lose focus and walk away from the good choices.

Solomon had started out serving God faithfully. God had even chosen to appear directly to him, an unusual thing to occur. God had blessed Solomon with more wealth, wisdom and fame than another other man has ever known before or since his time. Yet, near the end of his life, Solomon let his wives lead him astray to follow false gods and walk away from God.

Living like this, God had become very angry with him and chose to remove the kingdom from him. God had mercy, in that He allowed to keep the kingdom in his lifetime, but would pull it from his sons.

There are believers today who have done the same thing. They start off their life following God with a whole heart, then along the way, they allow someone to lead them away from God. They begin to choose to follow after the ways of this world, rather than follow and obey God.

Some completely leave the church, while others just live with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They are no longer serving God with their whole heart. This will always upset God. He has given everything for the believer.

The world will tempt you to turn away from God, to lose your focus on God. They want you to choose to leave God and follow them.

Keep your focus on God. You began the walk with Him, don’t give it up for some temporary pleasure. Do not allow others to guide you down a wrong path.

Jesus gave His life up for you, don’t make it a waste for Him. Live your entire life focused on serving and obeying God with all of your heart. Don’t make God angry.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God in every area of your life; that you will have a heart after God’s; and that God will strengthen you to keep focused on Him. 

Purpose Of Living On Earth

LifePurpose

Everyone you look people are busy about things in their life. Busy at work, at play, at taking care of the home, at taking care of children or parents, repairs, relationships, making money, paying bills, and the list goes on forever. People are always busy doing something.

If you are like me and my family, we are always busy doing something. We are always wishing things would slow down so that we could breath. There is always something to do and a whole list of things we are behind on in getting done.

Then comes the questions of what is supposed to be done. What is the purpose in everything that is being done? Does the things that we are doing have any real purpose or is it just being busy?

Many people wonder what their real purpose is. They want to know why they are where they are and what they are supposed to be doing. They wonder if there is any real meaning to what they are doing.

Ecclesiastes 12_13

Solomon had written Ecclesiastes looking at life and the purpose of life. He was the wealthiest man who ever lived in all of history. He makes Bill Gates look as though he has not even started to make any money.

Since Solomon had so much money and fame, he was able to have and do anything that he wanted. This book that he wrote, looks at everything and sees everything as meaningless. Things that just happen over and over. Everyone lives and dies, and can take nothing with them…meaningless. Solomon searches for meaning in many different things, wisdom, knowledge, joy, wealth, entertainment, and work.

meaningless word on concrette wall

Yet, in the final verses of the book, he draws everything to a final conclusion. The purpose of man is to fear God and keep His commands.

To fear God is the first thing Solomon lists as a duty of all men. This is to have a reverence for God. You are to respect God for who He is.

Who is God?

He is the One who created everything, including you. He created this world for man to live on and He created every person and everything in this world. Since He created it all, that means He is the Boss, the One in charge, the One who can make all the rules.

Is God In Control

This slides into the second duty of man that Solomon listed: man is to obey God.

A lot of people will claim that they love God. They will go to church every Sunday and wear their Sunday best. It all sounds good, until you look at their life. Then the question of whether they are really loving God or not comes up in deciding whether they are really obeying God.

Some will live in sinful lifestyles or do not show Christ in any area of their life, other than at church. Is this really obeying God? Claiming to love God is easy, but proving it is another matter, though not difficult.

1 John 5:3 New International Version (NIV)

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

John said that for a person to love God, he must keep His commands–obey Him. He finishes this verse with saying that the commands are not burdensome. In other words, they are not that difficult to keep and obey.

Obedience Is An Expression

When talking about the commands of God, many people look to the Old Testament and the book of Leviticus and see hundreds of laws. They see that and say that there is no way they can obey all those laws.

Jesus made the laws of God very simple. He summed the entire law up into two very simple laws: 1) Love God, 2) Love others.

Matthew 22:37-39 New International Version (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

All of the commandments God gave to mankind are summed up under these two simple commands. When you love God, you will obey His commands. When you are obeying God, you are loving Him. And when you love God, you will love every person. And when you love every person, you are loving God. These go hand in hand and cannot be separated, because God is love.

Everything that you do must be about love. Either love to God or love to another person. All of it sums up into love for God.

Now to get back to what I was talking about at the beginning, the purpose of life and the busyness of life. Many people are questioning their purpose in this life and why they are running so hard.

Questions

As you go into each day or plan for days to come, are you seeking out God’s purpose for you? God has a reason for you to be where you are, when you are there, and for what you are going through. Ultimately it is to bring you closer to Him and be a witness to others to bring them closer to Him.

As Jesus left the earth, He told the disciples to go into all of the world and make disciples of every one. They were to point people to Jesus and teach them everything Jesus taught them.

making disciples

This command has not been pulled back to this day. God has given you the same command to tell others about Jesus. This is showing the ultimate love to any person on this earth. It is also showing the ultimate love for God. Jesus died for every person and it is your job and my job to tell them about Jesus and what He did.

Look at your day and ask yourself if what you are doing is fulfilling this command in some way or another. No matter what your job is, you can still be a witness, you can still tell others about Jesus.

If you are not fulfilling God’s command to be a witness in this world, then you need to make some changes in your life. Your life will be meaningless and without purpose, if you are not doing God’s commands and loving Him and others.

When you are busy doing God’s work, you will have strength that will not fail. God will continually open doors for you to be His witness. The doors will never stop opening, unless you close them. In doing this God will restore your energy so that you may continue to do more of His work. In this, you will find your purpose for where you are and what you are doing and what you may be going through.

God Be In Control Prayer

I trust and pray that you will find your purpose on this earth today. Live for loving God and loving others.

 

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Meaningless And Worthless

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Proverbs 1:2

The words spoken in this verse are the words of a man who is broken and in great despair. He has looked at things in this world and could not find any meaning to anything. Everything that happens appears to have no meaning. The person speaking is Solomon, who had all the money and anything that he wanted. He was the wealthiest man that has ever lived in all of history, he made Bill Gates look poor, yet, he could not find meaning in life.

All around the world people are looking for meaning in life. It is extremely difficult to find meaning in war-torn countries, or in gang infested cities. It is difficult to find meaning when a loved one dies of an illness or bad accident. It is difficult to find meaning in losing a job or finding out a loved one has a dreaded illness or other health issue.

The question is often asked, “why do bad things happen to ‘good’ people?” People have philosophized over that question for centuries. Even Christians have struggled with that question. Many people look at everything and agree with Solomon that everything is meaningless.

When looking at everything without God or Jesus in the picture, it is true that everything is meaningless. Without God it does make sense why someone would want to commit suicide and end it all. There is no meaning in life or reason for anything without Jesus.

To find meaning in this life you must know God. In order to know God you must know Jesus. He is the only way to the Father. Jesus gives meaning to this life. In this life there will be things that look bad, and are bad, but Jesus gives the hope of an eternal life without suffering.

He gives reason to hang on in this life and to spread the Gospel message around the world. Without Jesus there is no peace or meaning. Without there being an eternal life to look forward to, there is no meaning for the suffering going on today.

When things look hopeless and meaningless in your life, look to God for meaning. Put all your hope and trust in Jesus and find meaning to this life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will know God personally; that God will reveal meaning in your life; and that you will trust God through the meaningless times.

 

 

Proverbs 17:14 Stop And Drop It

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14

Many people love to argue about their view with someone else who disagrees with them. Each person feels that they are right and that the other person must agree with them completely or he is a fool.

Take a look at how many news talk shows there are. Each one has different views on what should have happened or what should happen in the political realm of the news. Watch a sports game and the same thing occurs. The announcers of the game will argue points as to what should have been done or how the call should have been made. There are many other ways that people disagree and fight for their way.

Occasionally these disagreements will end in peace, but often they end up in a heated dispute. Words get said that are hurtful or wrong. Friendships are broken. And all of this because each person wanted his own way in what was being talked about.

Solomon likens it to breaching a dam. Breaching is breaking a hole in the wall of the dam. If a little hole is breached in a dam, the water will start pouring through. It will be extremely difficult to stop it, and it will quickly break the entire wall down, flooding and destroying the area. It is extreme foolishness to breach that wall.

In the same way continuing a quarrel or argument just to get your way, is destructive. Once you start, it will be extremely difficult to stop it.

So you need to stop and drop the matter as quickly as possible. Remember that Jesus did not argue or dispute with the soldiers or Pharisees as He was being placed on the cross. He allowed Himself to be wronged.

You do not always have to be right. And not everyone has to always agree with you. This is true whether you are right or wrong. Allow God to deal with the person if he is wrong. Love will cover the disagreement.

So stop and drop it today while there is time.

I pray today that you will love others as God loves them; that you will not keep a quarrel going; that God will strengthen you to hold your tongue and keep quiet; and that you will be an example of Jesus to this world.