I Am the Lord That Maketh All Things

From the book: “The Promises of God” By Vanessa Collins

Scripture Lesson:

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Isaiah 44:24

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There is nothing more frustrating than depending on a promise that is later broken.  Many times people have good intentions and they try their very best to fulfill the promises they make but they are unable to.  They really meant to call but ran out of time.  They had every intention of coming but the car broke down.  They really meant to do it but something beyond their control happened, and as a result, they were unable to keep their promise.  When this happens, we understand.  We, too, have been in this position where we intended to do something, but for whatever reason, we were unable to fulfill the promise.

 

What about when you are deceived?  Sometimes people make promises that not only do they have no intention of keeping; they have no authority to make.  A salesman can promise to lower your payments, but if he does not have the authority from the manager or owner, it won’t get done.  Sure, I can promise to sell you a mansion for a $1, but if I don’t own the mansion or have authority to sell the mansion, I would not advise you to start packing.  I would have made you an empty promise.

 

God does not make empty promises.  His promises are not empty because He has authority to act on any promise He makes.  As He clearly states in today’s promise, He makes all things.  He can make the promise because He owns the stuff.  As He states, He is our redeemer.  He formed us in our mother’s womb.  He made the heavens and the earth by Himself.  Because He owns it all, He can declare a promise and it be fulfilled.

 

Many theologians today have major problems with the idea that Isaiah authored chapters 40 through 66 of the book that bears his name because of the prophetic nature of these chapters.  How could Isaiah know the specific name of the king that God would use 150 years before?  Easy.  Just as an author can tell you how their book will end before they have actually written the words on paper, God can tell Isaiah the specifics of these incidents.  God is the author.  As stated in Isaiah 44:24-28, it is He (God) that can confirm the word of His servant and perform the counsel of His messengers.

 

In this volume, we have looked at some of the most precious promises of God.  Some that many may believe are too good to be true.  Can God really fulfill these promises concerning life here on earth and eternal life to follow?  He surely can.  He is the maker of life.  He owns life.  He designed life.  He has the authority and the power to fulfill every promise made.

Affirmations

The God I serve is all powerful.  He is able and has the authority to keep any and every promise that He makes.  He is the maker of all things.  I am gratefully for God’s Word.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I Will Heal Their Land

Scripture Lesson

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

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King Solomon had completed the biggest project of his reign.  He built the temple of God.  What an honor!  Although this was a dream of his father, David, God chose to give this project to Solomon.  It was magnificent and would become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  This day, the day for the dedication of the temple, was for God.  Solomon made sure to try to show God his love and admiration.  He sacrificed thousands of burnt offerings in an attempt to show God how much he cared.  He prayed earnestly that God would be pleased with his efforts and that God would honor this place as His dwelling place.

Solomon also prayed about the sins of the people.  Not their current sins, but their future sins.  Being wise, Solomon knew how hard it was to walk according to the law.  He struggled with it and knew his people did also.  But He loved God and he wanted to be assured that their sins would not separate them too far from God.  God responded to Solomon’s prayer in an awesome way.  First, He sent fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice.  He then filled the temple with His glory so strongly that the priest could not enter in.  Finally, He verbally responded to Solomon’s prayer in a dream about a week later.  It is from this response that we get our promise for today.

God explains the power that the people have concerning judgments that would come as a result of sin.  He tells Solomon that if He decides to judge the people by drought, locust or sickness, that there is a way out.  If His people, which are called by His name, would humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will He hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  Again, we see Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals, at work.  Even in the face of sin, God is ready to heal.  Healing is truly in God’s nature.

Although this seems like a pretty easy formula to follow, the children of Israel were not able to do it on a consistent basis.  As a result, they lost the land that God had promised to heal and are still, to this very day fighting for the promised land that God gave them.

For the New Testament Christian, this verse can be summed up in one word, JESUS.  It is through Jesus that we humble ourselves before God.  It is in the name of Jesus that we now pray.  It is through Jesus that we seek the face of God since Jesus said if we see Him, we see the Father.  It is through Jesus that we have access to the Holy Spirit, whereby we can trade our wicked ways, or works of the flesh, for the fruit of the Spirit.  And finally, it is through Jesus that we realize the promise.  God hears us from heaven, He forgives our sins and He heals our land.

Affirmations
God is my Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals.  I thank God for my salvation through Jesus Christ.  I thank God for the abiding Holy Spirit.  I rejoice and am grateful for the fact that God hears us from heaven, forgives our sins and heals our land.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

This article is from the book, “The Promises of God”  by Vanessa Collins.  It is available on Amazon.