1Chronicles 22:1-5, vs. 5,”Now David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.” So David made abundant preparations before his death”
While the world keeps getting darker and darker, raising children in our time continues to be scary. My wife and have not been blessed with kids yet but often we wonder how they will turn out if God chooses to bless us and how we will raise them. The more we think of it, the more we prepare by praying.
David who would have been more concerned about his legacy and drive for a longer life to continue to serve the Lord and build God’s house found the Lord had a different plan. He says in 1Chronicles 28:2, “… I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God, and had made preparations to build it. 3 But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.’ …. 6 Now He said to me, ‘It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father”. David must not build, but he would do all he could to prepare for his son; he said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it “. He prepared abundantly for his son before his death. The consideration of his age and growing infirmities, which showed him his death approaching, quickened him, towards his latter end, to be very diligent in making this preparation for the magnificent work ahead of him. David had learnt that God’s work must be done God’s way and by God’s Spirit if God was to bless it, he needed his son to get that and prepare the same.
What David could not build in person, he would build through his son. This called for a proper foundation, a foundation that would last. Though time was not on his side, he worked very diligently not only preparing materials but also preparing his son spiritually for what was to come. 1Chronicles 28:9-10, “9 As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”
How are we preparing our children for God’s work tomorrow we may not live to see?, What are our great concerns, our legacy or the expansion of God’s kingdom that might not be brought about through us but through our children? If we know we might not be here tomorrow, we as David will diligently prepare our young and inexperienced children with everything both physical, material and spiritual (emphasis on spiritual) to live and work for God.
What our hands find to do for God, and our souls, and those round us, let us do it with all our might, before our death; for after death there is no device nor working. And when the Lord chose not to employ us in those services which we desired, we must not be discouraged or idle, but do what we can, though in a humbler sphere knowing the legacy continues. Those that are older and experienced (parents) should consider those that are young and tender, and provide them what help they can, that they may make the work of God as easy to them as possible. Blessings Ev