Partnerships From The Past

I do not carry this flame on my own

1 Kings 6:1-38

Reference: “In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord.” ‭1 Kings‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: As part of my work I lead a large campaign to raise funds for people living in poverty with blindness. Each year the campaign gets a little bigger and there is more to organise.

I was recently talking to someone about my work and explaining how the campaign had come to fruition. While I take a great deal of my time on the campaign as it is now, it has come out of a great deal of hard work from numerous people before me.

It’s easy for me to get bogged down in the immensity of my job, but it’s good to be reminded that I do not carry this flame on my own. Many people have come before me, and while I carry a heavy load now, I am only a small part of the bigger picture.

Application: Solomon had the incredible task of building a temple for the Lord. His father had left this job in Solomon’s hands and it came with great expectation.

But 1 Kings 6 reminded me that Solomon was only one cog in a much larger picture. While his task was to build the temple, there had been similar tasks for the last 480 years.

It had all started with Moses taking on the task to work with God to lead the people out of Egypt all the way down to Solomon now settling the people around the new temple.

Each task, from Egypt to temple, had its challenges. But God was there to see each of them through.

When you are faced with a great challenge remember you are not on your own. God is with you and has been with all the people before you who have had the same, if not bigger, challenges.

Prayer: Lord, there are times when the mountain before me looks too big to climb. May I take one step at a time, remembering You are faithful. Amen.

Which people from the past have conquered challenges to pave the way for you?

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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.