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Daily Reformation, 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43
From the Reformer
Many strange things, according to human sense and reason, are written in the books of the kings; they seem to be slight and simple books, but in the spirit they are of great weight. David endured much; Saul persecuted and plagued him ten whole years; yet David remained constant in faith, and believed that the kingdom pertained unto him. I should have gone my way, and said: Lord! thou hast deceived me; wilt thou make me a king, and sufferest me in this sort to be tormented, persecuted, and plagued? But David was like a strong wall. He was also a good and a godly man; he refused to lay hands on the king when he had fit opportunity; for he had God’s Word, and that made him remain so steadfast; he was sure that God’s Word and promise never would or could fail him.
—Martin Luther, Table Talk
Pulling It Together
God made his promises so long ago but they may as well have been made this morning. Even the most precious of his promises pertain to you because you are a citizen of the kingdom. God made promises to David that applied to his heirs as well. God also not only made promises to Abraham but to his heirs too. This means that God has made his promises even to you. (Gal 3:29) This should serve you well in standing strong. If you had to be steadfast because of your own promises then you just might fail. But the assurance you have is in the Almighty. Stand strong in it—in him!
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers