The Temple


God’s many promises are fulfilled in His timing, not in ours.

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 5-6

Key Verse: 1 Kings 6:12

Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David.

Solomon had almost finished building the Temple when the Word of the Lord came to him with the promise: “I will perform My Word with you.” God’s many promises are fulfilled in His timing, not in ours. This restatement of the promise God had given to David came approximately 10 years after Solomon became king. When we read a promise that God has made to us, we often want gratification right away. We must avoid trying to manipulate God’s action. He will do what He will do when He decides to do it. This is why we are exhorted to “wait on the Lord.” In Psalm 27, David tells us twice to “wait.” Verse 13 is most encouraging: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” No doubt Solomon read his father’s writings. He may even have sung these words as a boy while David played his harp. Let’s make God’s promises our DNA instructions for living.


Lord God, I pray for greater growth in the Fruit of the Spirit. Patience, and all the other flavors of the Fruit of the Spirit is absolutely essential. Therefore, I’m waiting on Your timing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!


In 1972 we produced “The Grey Cup Christian Celebration.” Our Crossroads offices were in Hamilton, and the Grey Cup Championship of the Canadian Football League was being held in our home stadium. We held two services in the McMaster gymnasium and brought in star football players from the NFL and CFL. Other guests included Dale Evans, Art Linkletter, The Imperials and lunar Astronaut, Jim Irwin. All testified to their faith in Christ. We purchased prime time national TV coverage for the one-hour special, a first for Canadian TV. Everything was going well until it came time to pay the bills. I wrote out one of God’s promises in large handwriting and placed it on the top of my desk drawer. Every day I opened the drawer and read, “MY GOD SHALL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEED ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS” (Phil. 4:19). It took two years to pay off the debt. I was learning lessons that would be a big help to my faith in the years to come.

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