ESOCS Devotional 24 September 2023 – God’s Promises for Minds that Puts him First
MEMORY VERSE: ““And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people shall not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning”. 2 Samuel 7:10 NIV
TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 7:1-16 (KJV)
When King David dwelt in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,
2 The king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within curtains.
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.
4 That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,
5 Go and tell My servant David, Thus says the Lord: Shall you build Me a house in which to dwell?
6 For I have not dwelt in a house since I brought the Israelites out of Egypt to this day, but have moved about with a tent for My dwelling.
7 In all the places where I have moved with all the Israelites, did I speak a word to any from the tribes of Israel whom I commanded to be shepherd of My people Israel, asking, Why do you not build Me a house of cedar?
8 So now say this to My servant David, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over My people Israel.
9 And I was with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like [that] of the great men of the earth.
10 And I will appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and be moved no more. And wicked men shall afflict them no more, as formerly
11 And as from the time that I appointed judges over My people Israel; and I will cause you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord declares to you that He will make for you a house:
12 And when your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will set up after you your offspring who shall be born to you, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build a house for My [a]Name [and My Presence], and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the sons of men.
15 But My mercy and loving-kindness shall not depart from him, as I took [them] from Saul, whom I took away from before you.
16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before you; your throne shall be established forever.
God’s promises do not fail. Whenever God says a thing, he keeps it, even to the end of time. If God will commit himself in promise to any man, it must be a man that puts him first in all.
From the text, the place of God in the mind of David was first, and that is why his thought was to build a house for the name of the Lord.
The question you must answer as a reader of today’s devotion is where did you place God in your mind? What position is God and all that has to do with him in your mind? The answer to these questions determines whether you are a part of those he promises.
For the minds that put God first, the Lord has committed Himself to make you the following:
- Great, and your name among the names of the greatest men of earth.
- He will provide a place and plant you so that no one will disturb you.
- He has promised that wicked people shall not oppress you.
- He gives them rest from all their enemies. And a lot more.
Where you place God in your mind has a long way to determine what you get in him. Where you put him first, and you notice things are not working well; don’t worry, just be rest assured that His promises must surely come to pass.
- Your mind must constantly put God first in all you do in life.
- Lord, as I put you first, let your promise come to pass in my life.
FURTHER READING: Job 19:1-27; Matthew 11:30–end; 1 Peter 5:1-11
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ESOCS Devotional 24 September 2023