SPEAK GOD’S PROMISES
Date: April 6
Category: God Answers
1 Kings 8:25-26
"Therefore now, O Lord, the God of Israel, keep with Your servant David my father what You promised him when You said, There shall not fail you a man before Me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as you have done. Now, O God of Israel, let Your word which You spoke to your servant David my father be confirmed [by experience]."
This is Solomon praying to God. It's interesting to notice that Solomon is reminding God of the promises He made to his father, David. The promise that he mentions in this prayer is the word that Nathan, the prophet, spoke to David. That is, "There shall not fail you a man before Me to sit on the throne of Israel…" So the promise that God made to David is that his descendants will always reign over Israel. So David's son, Solomon, through this prayer is asking God to confirm that word and fulfill that promise.
So we can see from this Biblical passage that it is okay to remind God of the promises He has made us. When we read the Word of God, we read that there are hundreds of promises from God. They are ours for the taking. But we have to remind God of what those promises are. It's not because God forgets; God never forgets. But He wants us to personalize His promises and make them real in our lives, and we do that by speaking them back to Him in prayer. God wants us to make His promises important to us, and they become important to us when we speak them back to Him.
It's like when your children remind you that you promised them something. They come to you and say, "Daddy, you promised." Our Heavenly Father is the same way. God wants you to read His Word to learn the things that He has promised you and then come to Him in prayer saying, "Daddy, you promised this…Please make it happen in my life."
But most of God's promises are conditional, meaning there is something that we have to do in order to experience those promises in our lives. The last part of verse 25 says, "..if only your children take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as you have done." So David's children had to live righteously before God if they were to become kings just as he was. They had to live in reverence to the Lord.
So our lifestyles will determine how many promises we see come to pass in our lives. God needs us to keep His Word before He can keep His promises. That's why we have to read the Bible. We read it because we want God to speak to us. We want God to mold us into the shape of His Son. We want Him to reveal His commandments to us so we can obey them. We want to know the promises of God and then be able to speak them back to Him.
In this case, God said to David that if his children would do what he was doing then they were going to be kings. So yes, God will keep His promises. He never lies. But He wants you and I to obey His commandments. But if you don't read the Word, how can you obey Him? So take time everyday to read the Word of God. Take time everyday to let the Holy Spirit speak into your spirit. Only then will you know how to live righteously before God.
The prerequisite of doing what God says is reading what God says. Not only will reading His Word help you to obey God, but it will also help you to remind Him of His promises. It's important that you and I obey God's Word. Only then will God keep His promises. Most of the promises of God are conditional upon our obedience.
Our future can be as bright as the promises of God. So if you want to know how bright your future can be, study the promises of God. Whether or not your future will actually become that bright is based upon your decision to obey God or not.
So let's have an obedient and willing heart to read the Word, speak the Word, and do the Word of God. Speaking God's Word is what really moves God to action. That's why He wants us to speak it back to Him. When we speak His Word, our faith is strengthened because we hear the promises of God spoken aloud. When our faith is in action, and our obedience is in action, God is bound by His Word to fulfill His promises.