Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took him thirteen years to complete the construction…So King Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Lord ’s Temple.
Dear God, in a time when people didn’t always live a long time, Solomon certainly devoted a lot of time to building his palace. I think of Harry Truman not getting to spend as much of his term in the White House because of renovations. I mean, I’m sure Solomon lived in David’s palace and it was fine, but he delayed his own gratification for a while.
Patience can be such an important thing. I journaled yesterday about the 1,000 years between your promise to Abraham and your temple being built. Time is relative. I am slowly learning these lessons. I have a couple of relatives about whom I’m very concerned. I used to be more wrapped up in why you weren’t answering my prayers for them now, or that no perceived progress from my perspective meant there was no progress being made. But now I’ve slowly started to have faith that you are working beyond what I can see and rest in the peace that I might never see the tangible fruit of progress in my lifetime.
Father, love is patient. That means I not only have to be patient with others, but I have to be patient with you too. Rome wasn’t built in a day. And the best meats are slow-cooked, not microwaved. Please use your consuming fire to accomplish your will, and help me to take my eyes off of my own expectations, and to let them settle upon what you have for me to do today.
In Jesus’s name I pray,