This morning, May 14, 2018, the daily reading in my “One Year Chronological Bible” took me back almost 3000 years to when King Solomon dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
After my reading, I logged on to the Internet to catch up on the news of the day, just in time to watch the opening ceremony for another dedication — the dedication of the U.S. Embassy after it was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This historic event of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was made on the anniversary of another historic event — the 70th anniversary of Israel’s reestablishment as a nation in 1948.
After all these thousands of years, the words that King Solomon spoke at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem still hold true…
“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 ancestors; may He never leave us nor forsake us. May He turn our hearts to Him, to walk in obedience to Him and keep the commands, decrees and laws He gave our ancestors. And may these words of mine which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that He may uphold the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands, as at this time.”
~ 1 Kings 8:54-61
On page 228 in his book “Experiencing God Day-by-Day”, Henry Blackaby says: “Sometimes hindsight gives us a clear picture of how faithful God has been. We are tempted during a crisis to wonder if God will be faithful to His promises. We focus on our problems, and our trust in God begins to waver.
- Twenty-four years after God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, they were still waiting on God to fulfill His promise. But in the twenty-fifth year, Abraham and Sarah could look back and see that God had been faithful.
- As David was fleeing for his life, he may have been uncertain how God would keep His promise to make him a king. But at the end of his long and prosperous reign, David could review how God had kept every promise.
You, too, can rely on God’s faithfulness. Are you in a crisis? Hold to the promises of your Lord! He will not forget His promises to you. Look back over your Christian life and recount the many ways in which God has been faithful to His Word.”
Sending this with a prayer, dear Reader, that you, too, will be able to say, “Not one word has failed of all the good promises that God has given…”