15 years later Wilberforce is physically ill and devastated that after all this time the laws still have not been changed and hundreds of people are still being enslaved and killed.
1 Kings 9.10-28
Reference: v.10 At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built these two buildings – the temple of the Lord and the royal palace… (NIV Bible)
Explore: I'm currently re-watching the movie Amazing Grace for an up-and-coming sermon. This is the film about William Wilberforce's political fight to abolish slavery. The movie shows that 15 years later Wilberforce is physically ill and devastated that after all this time the laws still have not been changed and hundreds of people are still being enslaved and killed. It seems that the church is not the only place where things are changed slowly!
Here in 1 Kings we see that it took 20 years for Solomon to build the Lord's temple and his royal palace. I'm often surprised when I look at the details of the life of King David or the Apostle Paul that things did not happen over night but often took years.
Application: I have admitted more than once in my daily devotions that I am not incredibly patient. I like tasks to be completed effectively and efficiently. However, God and life do not always work that way. God does not see time as a limitation and he understands our need to go through a process of change. I'm not denying that this isn't often frustrating but I do acknowledge that my timing is not always perfect.
Prayer: Lord, Forgive my impatience. Help me to trust your timing and have faith that you know what is best. Amen.
Do you focus on time lines or do you tend to 'go with the flow'? How can both these ways of addressing life be helpful?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.