Wow, a lot happens in 1 Kings 8. Perhaps the most important thing as it pertains to God’s character is that God keeps his promises (1 kings 8:20, 24 – 26, 53, 56). Many of God’s promises are contingent upon our willingness to trust Him and obey. For Israel to receive the promised blessings of God they needed to honor God and keep the covenant.
Just like a good parent gives good rules their children to protect them God established a covenant with Israel that bless them if they kept it. And just like a good parent, when Israel broke the covenant, God would discipline them to keep them from further harm.
Application: God loves us. He keeps His promises. Are you trusting Him?