Tom Dyba | Category: The Christian Life
In 2 Chronicles 6 Solomon offers a prayer of dedication for the newly completed temple. It is a public prayer with the King on a platform and on his knees before “all the assembly of Israel”. He begins by ‘reminding’ God of His promise to David regarding the establishment of his house by having his sons sit upon the throne. He says, “Now therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you have spoken to your servant David.”
As you read through the Scriptures, do you take note of God’s promises to His people? Listen to what the apostle Peter has to say about God’s promises: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
This may seem like somewhat of a long sentence; but to slightly re-word it, we understand that because of God’s own “glory and excellence,” He has given to us “precious and very great promises” so that through them we may become partakers of the divine nature…which he defines as our increasing sanctification (“life and godliness”).
God’s promises are a means to our sanctification! So, I’ll ask again, do you take note of God’s promises? His promises are peppered throughout the word and are His means to both teach and encourage us in perseverance. Perhaps one of the most called upon promises in the Bible is Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” These words are given to us in the context of affliction and reassure us that our suffering is under the watchful and purposeful hand of a loving Father Who is working it for “good”, which is clarified n v.29 as being “conformed to the image of His Son.”
Another clear Bible promise comes earlier in that chapter in v.13: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” In Logic 101, we may think of this as a conditional “if / then” statement carrying both a promise (“…if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”) and a warning (“…if you live according to the flesh you will die…”). However, a warning is simply a promise with a result that we don’t like. God doesn’t give us these warnings to threaten us, but to help keep us on that straight and narrow path that leads to life. It is much like us telling our children, “Don’t touch that grill or you’ll get burnt!” or “Don’t run out in the street or you’ll get hit by a car!” We are not threatening our children, but warning them for their good. So even God’s warnings are a promise for our good!
God is our loving Father!
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