It Takes A Village To Raise A Child, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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.”

David having learnt that his son Solomon was the one to build a house for the Lord, and also knowing he may not to live long enough to see his son grow up and become all that God wanted him to be, he prepared these 4 crucial areas for the benefit of his son. 1. Physical preparation, 2. Spiritual preparation, 3. Surrounded him with skillful workers, 4. Surrounded him with good spiritual leaders.

1. PHYSICAL PREPARATION: 1Chronicles 22:5,”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.”. If David was not going to build directly, he would build through his son. And knowing his son was still young and inexperienced, he made abundant preparations before his death. All that we prepare and do with God’s help is to the praise of the glory of His grace. And parents ought to prepare both physical and material for the well-being of their children with God in mind for His glory. David wanted to make sure his son understood that the preparation was more about God than him. David had learnt that God’s work must be done God’s way and by God’s Spirit if God is to bless it. He needed his son to get that and prepare the same. Proverbs 13:22, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children”

2. SPIRITUAL PREPARATION: 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.” 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. There are parents who are more concerned about their children being successful in life (financially, family, health) than they are about their children’s spiritual life. Solomon benefited from being given great responsibility when his father passed the manhood responsibility to him and gave him charge before the Lord by first teaching him how to serve the Lord. David was not a perfect father however the bible highlights his faith. He was a man after God’s own heart the same charge he gives his son. Read what Paul reminds his son in the faith of the things that shaped his manhood, 2Timothy 3:10-17, “10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me”

3. SURROUNDED HIM WITH SKILFULL PEOPLE/WORKERS: 1Chronicles 22:15, “Moreover there are workmen with you in abundance: woodsmen and stonecutters, and all types of skillful men for every kind of work”. Mark that he does not tell Solomon he is giving him skillful men to work for him but work with him. This is why we appreciate teachers, instructors, lecturers etc. They are skillful people parents surround their children with to help prepare them for life. Parents help their children select good skillful people and they work with them for the betterment of their children’s lives. We entrust our children to teachers, counselors, instructors considered skillful people with different gifts and talents to work alongside of us and not for us, instilling values of hard work.

4. SURROUNDED HIM WITH SPIRITUAL LEADERS: 1Chronicles 22:17-19, “17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, “ 18 Is not the LORD your God with you? And has He not given you rest on every side? For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and before His people. 19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the LORD.” David surrounded his son with great spiritual leaders to help his son walk in the spiritual charge he gave him. We must surround our children with biblically sound leadership, first knowing what we believe and why and then being in a body (church) where those sound teachings they are receiving at home are cultivated. 2Timothy 3:14-15, “15 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

It takes a village of people to raise a child for the glory of God, but it all starts at home. We blame schools for taking out spiritual things but who took the spiritual things out of our own homes? We must go back to biblical foundation of raising children in our homes as the starting point as we also surround them with others in this journey . Blessings Ev

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