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Scripture: 1 Kings 6:1 In the four hundred eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord.

Observation: God made a promise to Moses that he would “make his home” among the people Israel – a permanent home (Deuteronomy 12:5). 480 years later, God made good on his promise during the rule of King Solomon. This reminds me of an important truth: our God is not in a hurry.

Application: Raise your hand if patience doesn’t come easily for you. Mine is up. Sometimes urgency is a good thing. When there are emergencies, or time is short, being able to make a decision quickly and act upon it is crucial. The problem with some of us, however, is that we can act as if everything is time sensitive.

It is not.

I recently read a book that challenged its readers to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life”. Hurry creates stress and anxiety, which literally kills people. Americans are somewhat notorious for this. For being in a hurry. All the time. This morning the word of God reminds me that our God is not in a hurry. God takes the long view of things. Many of us would benefit from doing likewise.

Prayer: Gracious God, you accomplish things in due season. You are not in a hurry. Give us grace to be more like you. Rather than rushing from one thing to the next, help us to slow down and savor the moments of life. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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