God's Good Promise of the Day - 1 Kings 8:56

Verse of the Day - Day 255

God's Promise for Today
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1 Kings 8:56

"Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant." (ESV)

God's Good Promises for Today

After the ark of the Lord’s covenant was brought from Zion, King Solomon discussed how God fulfilled his promises to David and to the people of Israel. David, Solomon's father, had wanted to build a temple to honor the Lord, but God told him to wait and allow Solomon to create the ark of the covenant instead. The Lord promised that Solomon would sit on the throne of Israel, and since God delivered on this word, Solomon sang his praises. The Lord had kept every promise he'd made, including helping the Israelites flee Egypt. So, during his prayer of dedication to the ark, Solomon made it clear that he expected God to continue fulfilling his promises, as he had in the past.

If you fear that God won't deliver on the good promises he made to you, reflect on Solomon's prayer as well as on the words of the 19th-century evangelist Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899), founder of the Moody Bible Institute and other Christian organizations.

"God never made a promise that was too good to be true," Moody famously said.

God Promises Not to Abandon or Ignore Us

God's promises can be found throughout the scriptures. In addition to promising to keep his word, the Lord promises to stay by our side and hear our prayers.

In Genesis 28:15, he says: "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." (ESV)

At times, it may feel like God is slow to keep his promises. The Israelites, for example, were in Egypt for 430 years. But when God doesn't appear to act quickly, it is really his patience on our behalf at work.

"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance," according to 2 Peter 3:9. (ESV)

God promises to hear and respond to our prayers when we pray in the name of his Son and in accordance with his will. He states this in the Gospel of John as well as in 1 John.

"Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son," he says in John 14:13-14. "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it." (ESV)

And in 1 John 5:14, the scripture states that we can be confident in the Lord since he will hear us "if we ask anything according to his will." (ESV)

Protection and Eternal Life

We can not only count on God to protect us but also to protect us and give us eternal life, according to the scriptures. Psalm 18:30 states: "This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him." (ESV)

And God promises those who love him and are faithful to him the crown of life. "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." (ESV)

Finally, as 1 John 2:25 declares, God has promised his believers eternal life.