1 Kings 5-8 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Our devotional does a nice job asking us to spend some time with Solomon’s prayer. There is another aspect that I would like us to consider though. In addition to the seven years it took to build the temple, David also spent time getting resources ready for it (1 Chronicles 22), because God told him that he couldn’t build it!
How often do we get so caught up in the short term that we forget God is eternal? We tend to think that things are urgent, and that everything has to happen today. God is in it for the long game. So what that it took some time to get the temple built? He first alluded to the coming Messiah in Genesis 3:15, long before his birth!
My point is simply this: life is a journey, and we are on it together. It’s not all up to us. It’s okay that some things take time. We don’t have to “close the deal” when we are talking to someone about God. It’s a part of the ongoing conversation that God is having with them throughout their life. It’s okay that we aren’t made perfect and spiritually mature the moment we believe. In fact, God made it so that it would take time for us to grow! The most important thing is that we are putting God first and working for His kingdom, not how quickly we can get things to happen. In fact, we are told repeatedly to “rest” in God. I believe that is to teach us to trust and to teach us some patience. How’s that going in your life?!?!?!?