1 Kings 8:15 (KJV) And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it.
Promises made these days are often promises that are never kept. For the most part, we all have failed in this area to some degree whether intentional or not. For some reason, we do not place much concern upon how failing to keep our promises can affect our relationships with others…including God.
Understanding The Text
In this text, we observe the manifested presence of the Lord filling the Temple and, in effect, showing His approval of Solomon’s efforts (1 Kgs. 8:10-13). In the following verses, Solomon acknowledges the event as God-honoring His promise to his father, David, through the prophet Nathan (2 Sam. 7:5-17). Up until this point, God has established a relationship with Solomon and has established the united kingdom under his kingship (2 Sam. 7:12; 1 Kgs. 2:12-46; 4:1-34). Now, Solomon has completed the building of the house of the Lord for His name and God has associated Himself and His name with the Temple through the Divine display of His glory in the most holy place (2 Sam. 7:13; 1 Kgs. 6:1-8:11). God is now “dwelling” in the midst of His people and “has confirmed to Himself His people Israel to be a people unto Him forever…” (2 Sam. 7:24; Gen. 17:7; Ex. 6:7; Deut. 7:6-9; Rom. 11:1-26; Rev. 21:3).
Regardless of how the circumstances may appear, God will always be faithful to watch over His promises to us.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because as we enter into difficult seasons of life, we can easily forget the lessons and examples of God’s faithful acts of the past. This could be through Biblical narratives, the lives of friends and loved ones, and more importantly, within our own lives. Every promise God has made to us, He has been faithful to perform, even when we have not been faithful to Him.
This may lead many of us to ask the question, “Why”? David teaches us in the Psalms that God “has magnified His word above all His name” (Ps. 138:2). The significance in this lies in the fact that when God speaks, He is putting His reputation on the line. He is the very essence of truth. It is one of the many attributes which define His character and nature. To speak falsely would nullify every word He has ever spoken because He could no longer be trusted. In so doing, He would cease to be God. It would cause us to question everything He has ever said. We could no longer turn to His Inspired Word for truth. It would call our complete belief system and status as sons and daughters of God into question because the very resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ could be called into question. Do you see where this is going?
Similarly, when we fail to honor our promises to God and others, it opens the door for our reputation to be called into question. If such is the case, how would others be able to determine if the transforming power of the Holy Spirit through Christ’s finished work on the Cross is veritable? It would call into question every testimony that attests to what we hold to be the truth, Biblically, and historically. As the Lord’s ambassadors, when we perpetuate this type of behavior through our actions, we are, in essence, telling the unbelieving world that the God we represent is the same and is not to be trusted.
The faithfulness of God is our template for a credible witness to unbelievers within the contemporary context. Faithfulness is something we must practice daily because our lives should “be transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Rom. 12:2). In other words, our thinking should be ever-changing to reflect our understanding of how God’s name and reputation are associated with us being “the temple of the living God” (2 Cor. 6:16). If our perspectives have truly been realigned with the Kingdom’s way of living, then we would become more conscious about bringing reproach upon the Word, Reputation, Character, and Name of our Heavenly Father God through our words and actions.