2 Chron. 2:4
The purpose of God’s house
Here in this passage King Solomon states the purpose
of his temple (2 Chron. 2:4). The temple is built for the Lord’s
Name and is dedicated to Him for worship (2 Chron. 2:4). This is
the primary purpose of all church buildings (cf. Is. 56:6-7; Matt.
21:12-13). Therefore, any Church building that is not used for this
purpose is not being used properly. It is not acceptable for the
Church building to be used for any contrary purpose (see Matt. 21:12-13).
We must ensure that the Church building serves this divine and sacred
purpose alone (Matt. 21:12-13). However, under the New covenant,
this rule extends beyond the physical building to the believer’s
body or heart. The believer’s body or heart now replaces the
physical building as the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 6:19-20;
2 Cor. 6:16). Therefore, the believer’s body or heart must
serve the same purpose as Solomon’s temple. The decree is everlasting
(See 2 Chron. 2:4; cf. Rev. 4:8).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please consecrate me fully unto
2. Father, please let my life serve no other purpose than yours.
The Lord fulfills His word
What the Lord foretold (Lk.1:13) is fulfilled (Lk.1:24-25).
Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, became pregnant as the Lord promised
(Lk.1:13, 24-25). She who was barren became pregnant according to
the Lord’s own word (Lk.1:13, 24-25; 1 Sam. 2:5). The word
of the Lord came to pass for Elizabeth, exactly as the Lord spoke
it (Lk.1:13, 24-25). Therefore the word of the Lord never fails.
The Lord never ever speaks without bringing it to pass (Jos.23:14;Matt.
24:35). Every word of the Lord is potent and efficacious. No word
of the Lord ever failed to be fulfilled (Is. 55:10-11). The Lord’s
word never passes away without reaching its fulfillment (Jos.23:14;Matt.
24:35). The Lord will certainly fulfill all His promises to His true
children (cf. 2 Cor. 1:20). True believers should never give up on
God’s word, since it will never fail to come to pass at its
PRAYER: 1. Father, please let all your promises come
to pass in my life.
2. Father, please enable me to put my trust in your word.
God’s words are living and active
In his final address to the Israelites before his
death, Moses urged them to take to heart the words of the law that
he spoke to them (Deut. 32:45-46). He told them that the words were
not just idle words, but their very life (Deut. 32:47). Their long
life depended on their obedience to these words (Deut. 32:47; cf.
Deut. 28:1-14). Many take God’s words as idle and ordinary
words. But as Moses discovered and told the Israelites, God’s
words are living and active (Heb. 4:12; cf. 1 Pet. 1:23). They are
not ordinary or human words, but God’s (1 Thess. 2:13). Therefore
they are potent and efficacious (Heb. 4:12). They are the words of
life indeed. There is no life outside of God’s word. And only
God’s word has this quality. It is not only the physical life
that is guaranteed by God’s word but eternal life as well (Jn.
6:68). We must not treat God’s word as idle or ordinary words,
but as God’s words that they are (1 Thess. 2:13). What we need
to do to God’s word is to obey and trust them, not to doubt
or disobey them. No one will ever be disappointed by obeying and
trusting God’s words (see Rom. 10:11).
PRAYER: 1.Father, please let your word come to pass
in my life.
2. Father, please enable me to obey and trust all your word.
The Lord arises for the weak and needy
Here the Lord promises to arise on behalf of the weak
and needy (Ps. 12:5). Their oppression and groaning have not gone
without His notice (Ps. 12:5). In fact, it is due to their oppression
and groaning that He promises to arise (Ps. 12:5). To arise for them
means to protect them from those who malign them (Ps. 12:5). This
is what the Lord does for all the weak and needy (see 1 Sam. 2:8;
Ps. 35:10; Ps. 69:33; Ps. 72:12-14; Ps. 140:12). He even commands
us to be open handed toward them instead of oppressing and exploiting
them (Deut. 15:7-11). In the Lord the weak and the needy will not
be disappointed if they look up to Him and put their trust in Him
PRAYER: 1. Father, please arise for me always.
2. Father, please enable me to look up to you alone for my deliverance.
God Exalts His Obedient Children
God promised to exalt Joshua in the eyes of all Israel
(Jos. 3:7). He did exactly as He promised (Jos. 4:14). He exalted
Joshua by drying up the Jordan for the Israelites to cross (Jos.
3:1-4: 24). This promise does not belong to Joshua alone. God is
the one who exalts all His obedient children (see 1Sam. 2:7; Ps.
75:6-7). Therefore the promise belongs to all God’s obedient
children (1Sam. 2:7; Ps. 75:6-7). For example, He exalted David (see
2Sam. 22:48-49; 2Sam. 23:1; Ps. 89:19-20) and Solomon (1Chron. 29:25).
He exalted our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:33; Acts
5:30-32; Phil. 2:9-11). As He exalted Joshua and others mentioned
above, He will exalt all His obedient children as well. The requirement
is the same for us today as it was for Joshua. Consecration comes
before exaltation (see Jos. 3:5; cf. Lk. 14:11; Lk. 18:14; Phil.
2:5-11). The proper response to God’s exaltation is praise
and more consecration. Anyone who desires God to exalt him must wait
on Him to do so (see Ps. 37:34). No one can exalt someone except
God (see Ps. 75:6-7).
PRAYER: Father, please exalt me in the eyes of all
God Requires our Full Consecration
God requires all His children to be fully consecrated
to Him (Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 20:7; Eph. 1:4; 1Pet. 1:15-16). This
is His goal for His children even before creation (see Eph. 1:4).
His holy nature demands it (Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 20:7). Full consecration
opens the way for an intimate, one on one relationship with God (see
Num. 12:6-8). It is a mark of sound, cordial relationship with God.
Without it no one can please God or have a sound relationship with
Him (see Heb. 12:14; Rom. 8:6-8). Besides, full consecration comes
with God’s blessings (see Deut. 28:1-14). It actually opens
the way for God’s blessings (see Deut. 28:1-14). On the contrary,
an unconsecrated individual is not an object of God’s blessings
(see Deut. 28:15-68; Ps. 1:4-6). Every true Christian must be fully
consecrated to God. No true Christian can do without it. But only
God can consecrate us unto Himself.
PRAYER: Father, please consecrate my fully unto yourself.
1 Kgs. 8:22-23
God Alone is God
According to the Scripture, God is the only God in
heaven above and on the earth below (1Kgs. 8:22-23). This means that
throughout creation and from everlasting, He alone is God (Is. 37:16;
Is. 44:6). There is none like Him (1Chron. 17:20). There is none
but Him (1Chron. 17:20). There is none beside Him (Is. 43:10-11;
Is. 44:6). He alone is the ever-living God (Ps. 90:2). He alone made
all things (Jn. 1:3; Is. 37:16). It further means that all other
gods are not God at all (see Acts 19:26). He is the Almighty God
(Gen. 17:11). In view of this, we must worship and serve Him only
(Matt. 4:10; Deut. 6:5, 13; Gen. 17:1). We must never turn away from
Him to worship other so called gods. He does not tolerate it at all
(Exod. 20:3-6). We must trust in Him alone for all things (see Ps.
127:1-2; Jn. 15:4-6; Phil. 4:19).
PRAYER: Father, please show that you alone are God
in heaven above
and on the earth below in everything that concerns me.