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Standing on the Promises -- November 7

This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.

But my love will never be taken away from him (David’s descendant), as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever. 2 Samuel 7:8-9, 15-16

Promises are important. When two people stand before an official and make a promise to love and adore until death do us part, it is an important promise. While there are many in our world who ultimately do not keep that promise, a promise made by God is not in any danger of being broken. God’s rule over the world is built on His promises.

2 Samuel 7:8-9 serves as a large reminder to David of what God did on his behalf up to this point. David’s movement from the pasture to the throne is a direct result of God’s intentional presence. But God’s intention did not end there. The prophet Nathan affirms to David that his house and kingdom will endure forever and the throne will be occupied by his descendant.

This promise was made thousands of years ago… what does it mean to us in the twenty-first century? First, it means that God has a plan. He is still working out His supreme plan and we are a part of that plan. Second, it means that God is dependable and trustworthy. He is consistent in His character and His action. Third, it means that Jesus wins!! Jesus is the one who sits on the throne of David and will do so for all of eternity. Fourth, since all of this is true, it means that we, as Christ-followers win as well.

What do we do with this then? We live our lives in confident faith that God’s plan is perfect, His promises still stand and that nothing is out of order. We act with confidence because we know that the victory is won. It is finished--the battle is finished. Is this how you live every day?

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