Text for Today – 1 Chronicles 22:7 – And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house unto the name of the LORD my God:
King David had a marvelous vision to build a temple for Jehovah. One thing, however, stood in his way. David was a man of war; his hands had shed blood, and he was therefore prevented from building such a Temple. However, he was not prevented from preparing for building of the Temple, providing trained servants to minister in the Temple, and having everything in place for his son, Solomon, to do the actual building. Then, after David’s death, Solomon did just that. He accepted the responsibility for building the Temple of God in Jerusalem. It is so important for us to see in this study that what a father started, his son finished.
God had said to David that he was a man after His Own heart. While that is not directly spoken of Solomon, he evidently was much like his father in that he had a great heart for the people of God. When the Lord asked Solomon what he desired, of all the things for which he could have asked, he asked for wisdom to lead God’s people. That request was indeed after the heart of God.
Here are some observations for your consideration. David was a man of war; Solomon was a man of peace. David laid in store; Solomon used what was stored. David’s vision for the Temple included Solomon in its work; Solomon’s vision for the Temple included David’s preparation for its completion. Now, based upon these observations, consider the outcome.
The wars David fought, Solomon did not have to fight. David’s laying in store saved much time and resources for Solomon in his building of the Temple. How about it, Mom? How about it, Dad? Are you being the militant parent you should be? Is it possible that the battles and wars you win in intercession for your children may not have to be fought by them? Is it possible that your laying in store for your children may offer them more time and resources to fulfill the work for which God has designed them? Stop and think for a moment. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? He had turned aside to it because its appearance said to Him that figs were present. Jesus cursed that tree to ensure the fact that no one else would be drawn aside, or deceived by it. Think about it, dear parent. Your vision should include your children, and their vision their children. Pass on a truly worthy inheritance, not only to your children, but to your grandchildren,
Manna for Today – Proverbs 22:6; 1 Chronicles 22; Proverbs 13:22