Trust God’s Faithfulness

Faithfulness is something that many people struggle with. From the beginning of my spiritual journey, I have tried to be faithful. Because of this, I automatically assume that others have the same desire to be faithful. The problem is that we make promises that we do not keep. But the God of the Christian faith is always faithful. Our text for today shows how reliable and constant the faithfulness of God is.

In this reading, King Solomon is in the Temple with the gathered community of Israel. Solomon and the whole community have just experienced the presence and glory of God manifested in the symbol of a cloud. The king stands in front of the gathered community to make petitions for them. God has kept the promise to David that his descendants would always be on the throne of Israel, as long as they were faithful and obedient to the word of God. What is clear here is that since God has been faithful to Solomon’s father, David, God will also be faithful to Solomon as long as Solomon remains obedient to God. Solomon has already taken the first step in obedience by building and dedicating the Temple to God. He prays now that God will dwell in the Temple and enable the fulfillment of its purpose as a place where the people will come to praise and worship their God.

As God’s people in this age and time, we are called to boldly approach God’s altar with our petitions. As we abide in God’s word, we see God’s constant faithfulness to us. Our trust in our Creator need never waiver. Our God will never disappoint us!

Dear Lord, give me the grace to always trust in your faithfulness and to be obedient to your will for my life. Amen.

Pray the Scriptures Using Audio Lectio
Read John 6:56-69

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Lectionary Week
August 16–22, 2021
Scripture Overview

God had prevented David from building a temple in Jerusalem but then permitted David’s son Solomon to build it. In First Kings, Solomon places the ark of the covenant in the holiest place, and God’s presence descends. The psalmist rejoices in the Temple and would rather be in its courts than anywhere else because that is where God dwells. The New Testament readings remind us that the people of God have always met with resistance. The author of Ephesians compares living the Christian life to going into battle, so we must be prepared. Jesus also meets with resistance in John. His teachings are too hard for many to accept, so they abandon him. When we face resistance, therefore, we should not be surprised; but we are also not alone.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43. How does your faith inform the hospitality you show to friends? To strangers?
Read Psalm 84. How do you find joy in the Lord? Recall a recent time when you felt a deep sense of this joy.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20. How do truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God’s word help you live boldly as an ambassador of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Read John 6:56-69. How do you respond to Jesus’ question: “Does this offend you?” This teaching was hard for his disciples. Where do you struggle with it?

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