What’s your favorite room in your house?
God loves to make promises to us. Whenever God makes a promise you can know for sure that he will always keep it no matter what. God has never broken a promise. And he never will.
For the past couple of days we’ve been talking about King David. God chose David to be his special representative for all the people (sort of like he did with Abraham years earlier). God made a special covenant full of promises to King David. Listen to these verses and see if you can hear some of the promises God made to David:
2 Samuel 7:12-16. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’”
What promises did you hear?
God promised David that he would have a son that would build a “house” for God. David wanted to build a big, beautiful house, called a temple, for God to live in. But God told David no. David wouldn’t build God’s house, but he promised that his son, Solomon, would build it instead. And he did.
God also promised David that his son Solomon would be loved by God like a son, and that Solomon’s kingdom would last forever.
But God also promised that when Solomon sinned, God would punish him like a loving dad punishes their son or daughter for disobeying.
These promises are pretty amazing aren’t they? But what makes them even more amazing is how they all point to Jesus. Jesus is the better son. He is the better Solomon. Like Solomon, Jesus built a house for God called the church. Like Solomon, Jesus sits on a throne ruling over a kingdom, but Jesus’ kingdom will last forever. And like Solomon, Jesus was even punished for sins. But unlike Solomon, Jesus didn’t sin.
Jesus was punished for our sins on the cross. And because our sins are forgiven, now God can make our hearts into his house. Jesus is building God a house in your heart. And when we trust in Jesus to take away our sins, he will sit on the throne of our hearts forever.
Because of Jesus God has made his home in our hearts.
With Jesus we can let him control our hearts as we choose to love others like he does.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Walk around your house together. Ask: What would it be like if Jesus visited our house? What would you want to show him? What might we do in this room if Jesus was with us?
God kept his promises to you and he will keep his promises to me too. Thank you for promising to live in my heart forever when I trust in you.
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