In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and according to all its plans. So, he was seven years in building it. – 1 Kings 6:37-38
Do you have a problem with patience?
It took seven years for Solomon, his laborers, and craftsmen to complete the Temple in Jerusalem. The Book of Acts states that Saul (who became Paul) spent three years in the desert before he went to see the other Apostles in Jerusalem and spent another eleven years in Tarsus before Barnabas brought him to Antioch. My wife and I surrendered to overseas service in 1988. It took us 20 years to arrive on the field in 2009.
God’s plan does not follow a predictable schedule or program. His work is accomplished and completed when HE decides. While it is always good to prepare and plan, as did David and Solomon in the construction of the Temple, we must always be willing to leave the outcome to God.
BY the way, I often do have a problem with patience! Of course, whether I struggle or not, the outcome is always His and usually (in hindsight) I am able to see His perfect plan revealed.
The principle part of faith is patience. – George MacDonald
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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