Seize the Moment – Day 813


God Keeps His Promises!

1 Kings 4


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, June 8.


Are you waiting on God to fulfill a promise?


King Solomon’s reign was unique in the history of Israel. It was a time of rest for the nation as they experienced  the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham, according to 1 Kings 4:20-21, and 25:


Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance; they were eating and drinking and rejoicing. Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt; they brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life. … So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.


You may recognize the phrase “as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore” because it was a promise of God given to Abraham in Genesis 22:17, “indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.” God later reiterated this promise to Israel (Jacob) in Genesis 32:12.


God yoked the promise of abundance and the promise of rest with the giving of the Promised Land, which He covenanted to give to Abraham in Genesis 15:18. That was later affirmed by Moses to the twelve tribes of Israel in Deuteronomy 12:10, “He gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security.”


Just as God’s promises of abundance and rest were fulfilled in the days of Solomon, so they are today in Christ Jesus (John 10:10; Matthew 11:28-30; 2 Corinthians 1:20).


Seize the moment and wait upon the Lord with faith, hope, and love; God never fails to keep His promises!

God bless you!
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