Truth Over Time

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What might cause someone to step back, take the long view, and rejoice in the perspective that time has made things better? Discover the answer in 1 Kings 8:56-58.

1 Kings 8:56-58

Time brings perspective. Your spouse’s actions which anger you today seem understandable in hindsight. The financial reversal that you thought would do you in now seems to have just been a good lesson in belt-tightening. And the rough period you went through with your teenager brought back the memories of your own headstrong years. Time is a key ingredient in the recipe of life. It adds perspective like nothing else can.

Time certainly heals and soothes difficult experiences, but it also humbles us and makes us hungry for more when we go through good times. And let’s face it—we do go through good times. In fact, most of our times are good times. Compared to the experience of many, the church in the Western world is remarkably blessed. The bumps in the road that we experience are generally just the exceptions to the rule that God can be trusted. His promises are good. We are doing the right thing by believing and depending on him. The road may be straight and narrow, but it is better to be on the road than not on the road. When we have those moments of insight that awaken a renewed sense of trust in God and his plan, we become the spiritual and emotional grandchildren of king Solomon. The day he lead Israel in the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, he was filled with praise for God’s trustworthiness.

In a great blessing spoken over the people, Solomon says four things: God has given us rest as he promised; he has kept all of his promises he gave to Moses; may he always be with us as he was with our fathers; may our hearts always be toward him to keep the covenant he made with our fathers. Look at the references back in time that Solomon makes. On that dedication day, Israel enjoyed blessings which were promised first to Moses and the patriarchs. The perspective of time made it so obvious—God speaks the truth and can be trusted. If they saw it then, how much more clearly should we see it now?    

God’s Promise to You: “Time only makes my truthfulness easier to see.”

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