When God promises to do something for ever, all of eternity is being shaped. That is why our covenant with Him is so central.
Our hope is not in our ability – our hope is in His ability to hold us. Our trust is not in ourselves – it is in what Jesus Christ has done. Our faith is not in our good works – it is in His good work for us – that is why we say…”Lord, there is no God like you!”
This is the story with Solomon dedicating the temple – it is also a story of God’s unrelenting commitment to God’s people through divine words of hope, judgment, summons and warning – all because God is seeking to maintain this covenantal relationship with His people. A patient and merciful God awaits our response and listens to our prayers.
The promises of God – what we hope for tomorrow – changes who we are today. These promises are foundational doctrines that colour all of lives as believers, both in times of temptation and in our trials. These promises of God motivate holiness and awaken expectation and confidence in our pursuit of the Lord.
O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart – 1 Kings 8:23