Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Welcome to Day 142 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Kings 8:3, “When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark, 4 and they brought up the ark of theLord and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The priests and Levites carried them up, 5 and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.”
Solomon’s prayer, and the dedication of the temple.
2 Chronicles 5 also records the Ark being brought to the temple and it’s dedication.
Psalm 99 is another “royal” psalm.
Romans 3:21, “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”
At last, the Ark has a more permanent home. Keep in mind, it has been over 400 years from Moses to this moment. All that remained in the Ark were the stone tablets… (Wondering what happened to Aaron’s staff, the jar of manna… even the gold rats the Philistines put into the Ark when they had it briefly.)
What is jumping out at me today is the timeline. Over FOUR HUNDRED YEARS… This would be a similar timeline as the discovery and founding of the United States, just over 500 years in the making. Keep in mind the Declaration of Independence is just over 200 years old. The Ark was twice that old.
What’s my point? God has a different perspective on time. His viewpoint is “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8.
People use this verse to stretch out the timeline of creation, however, I believe it was literally six days. “There was evening and there was morning the third day.” That’s 24 hours… (Having said that, who knows how long the spirit of the Lord “hovered over the waters?” That could have been millions of years.)
I try to keep all this in mind when I get in a hurry. The Ark was in Moses’ tabernacle and David’s tent for generations. But when the timing was right, Solomon built a temple.
Timing is everything. It’s so easy to rush ahead of God. To get impatient.
Sometimes a day seems like a thousand years, doesn’t it?
Lord give me patience as I wait for you…
2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”