January 12, 2020, 1 Kings 8:14-21 – Post 2 – ISSL Reflection

Picking up where we left off the other day,

“… God … has fulfilled … the Lord has upheld the promise he made …”

In the context of Solomon’s speech this covers many years and many events from the journey out of Egypt to the procession into and dedication of the Temple.

Were all those years and all those events necessary to bring Israel to that day – the day of the dedication of the Temple?

Or to ask the question another way – Could a different journey have brought them to that day?

It is my sense that there are different paths that might be taken to many destinations.

The fulfilling of a promise is subject to many variables, maybe many starts and stops and restarts and delays.

So, can we trust that “God [will fulfill] … the promise he made”?

Or to ask this another way, “Do you have faith? Do you trust God?”

Each of us answers that question one way or another. And I can’t tell you the answer. That is for you to discover/know.

Maybe that’s why we need to take time to look back over our journey. Maybe in retrospect we can discover those moments of God’s care, God’s presence, God’s push that happen time and time again in our lives. And don’t be afraid to acknowledge those moments we don’t sense God’s care, God’s presence, God’s push? We gain from those too. Perhaps our faith/hope grows in those moments as well.

What do you discover?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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