by Barri Cae Mallin
Our God is a God who hides Himself. It is not that He desires to be hidden, God desires that we seek after Him. He desires that we pursue Him. We are to seek Him with all of our heart (Deut 4:29) continually ( I Chron. 16:11) by prayer. We are promised blessings if we seek Him (Ps. 34, I Chron. 28:9). He hears us and will answer (2 Chron:7:14, Ps. 34:9-10), we will have life (Ps.69:22) and we will have eternal life.
God always tells the truth. His word is truth. The Hebrew word for truth is emunah and it can also mean faithfulness, trust, honesty. Amen comes from emunah. Amen, so be it, yes, right on brother! Emet in Hebrew also means truth.
God always keeps His promises.
God is not a man that He should lie,
Nor the son of man that He should repent,
Has He not said and will He not do it? Numb. 23:19
God cannot lie - Titus 1:2
Solomon testified to God's promise-keeping:
Blessed be the LORD, Who has given rest to His people
Israel, according to all that He has promised;
not one word has failed of all His good promise,
which He promised through Moses His servant.
I Kings 8:56
There are approximately 33,000 promises in the Bible, more than there are verses. The last promise in the Bible is in Rev. 22:20 - "Yes, I am coming quickly."
the next word is Amen
The final word in the Bible is Amen (from emunah).
Abraham believed God
Yet with respect to the promise of God,
he did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith,
being fully assured that what He had promised,
He was able also to perform. Rom 4:20-21
We are encouraged
Imitate those, who through faith and patience,
inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12
There is a place where the Promises are.
There is a lovely structure in almost every Jewish wedding called the Chuppah. Some guests might call it a 'lean-to' or a canopy. The Chuppah may be adorned with flowers, ivy, branches, maybe even a banner with the well-known Song of Solomon verse - Dodee Lee V'Ani Lo - my Beloved is mine and i am His.
The Chuppah signifies the first 'room' that the bride and groom spend together as a couple. It is under the Chuppah that the vows are recited, promises to love.
We read in Matthew 6:6
But you, when you pray,
enter into thy closet, and when you have shut the door,
pray to the Father which is in secret;
and thy Father who sees in secret will reward you
The closet is our Chuppah, where our Bridegroom speaks words of love to His bride. He desires to meet with us there, constantly. As the couple exchanges their promises under the Chuppah, the special room - our Bridegroom speaks promises to us, His Bride, in that special room.
Words of love, words of peace, promise words, words that are only to be found there, are in the Chuppah, that special room. His countenance falls upon His beautiful bride there, she is adorned with His love, she radiates the assurances of His promises from there.
Let the Bridegroom go forth of His chamber,
and the bride out of her Chuppah. Joel
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