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18 Aug 2020 - 1 Kings 8:1-21

1 Kings 8:1-21

17th March 2020 was a momentous day for Bruneians.  The long-awaited Temburong bridge meant that finally people in the remotest district could access Bandar and vice versa.  Families could visit each other without the complications of arranging boat rides or border crossings; people could access services and shops in Bandar; and of course Temburong’s tourism has benefited significantly.  The plans were in the making for years and we have been blessed to see them fulfilled.  

On a grander and more significant scale was the day described in 1 Kings 8:1-21 - the ark being placed in the temple.  What a day for Israel!  It must have felt like an impossible dream finally becoming a reality!  A day of elation and celebration.  In verse 11 we read that the glory of God so filled the temple that the priests could not perform their service.  Imagine experiencing that presence!  But this day had been in the making long before Solomon was king.  This was the result of his father, David’s, vision and Solomon was the one to see it fulfilled.

God places dreams in our hearts.  They are there not only for our own fulfilment, but to bless others, and they are precious!  We are His co-workers, that means we take the time to converse with Him – listen and talk - to find out His plans, His heart.  Don’t wait for someone else – ask God His plans for you and ask Him to show you the first steps.  Keep pushing into Him and don’t give up!   Hebrews 11:6 says He rewards those who diligently seek Him.  Your dream going to impact those around you.  You will never know until you take courage and step out in faith.  What celebrations will result from your persistence and obedience?  Have a blessed day!


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