Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Not One Word Fails

Lately, my heart has been captured by the beauty of the Old Testament stories and the way that the Lord so sovereignly and graciously worked in the lives of His people. He used every event not only for His glory, for the ultimate good of the people, and to ultimately prepare the way for Christ. I've been reading in 1 Kings specifically, and recently came across this gem of a verse. To establish the context, Solomon has just spent eight years building the temple, and at its completion, he offers a prayer of dedication and a benediction. And stuck right in the middle are these words:

"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." - 1 Kings 8:56

Not one word failed then, and not one word will fail today.

His promises are trustworthy. This same God who fulfilled His Word in the day of Solomon is the same God who has promised that, in Christ, He stands for us and not against us. In His Word, we can find true rest, rest in who He is, what He has accomplished, and what He has said He will do. His words do not fail.

His timing is perfect. The promise that saw fulfillment through the work of Solomon had been made in the days of Moses, and then again during the reign of Solomon's father David. The fact that the Lord's timing is different than ours does not mean that the promise has failed. On the contrary; it is evidence that He does indeed know best, and has the power to work that for our good. Our ways are not His, and neither is our timing. Find rest in Him alone, oh my soul, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

He is faithful. If we are faithless, He remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). He who has called us is faithful; He will surely do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Not one word ever fails. Can we, by our unfaithfulness, nullify the faithfulness of God (Romans 3:3)? May it never be!

May you find true rest in the goodness of His promises and character, knowing that not one word has ever failed, and not one word ever will.

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