Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 21-23
Today’s Reflection: 1 Chronicles 22:5
For David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.
What is this text saying?
King David has a great desire to build a temple for the Lord, but God told him that this honour would go to his son Solomon (2 Samuel 7:1-13). Instead of becoming disgruntled, David faithfully did all he could to ensure Solomon would be successful in creating a sanctuary worthy of God.
Why is it important?
This example highlights one of the most important principles of how God operates: God always makes preparation for His people to accomplish the tasks He assigns to them. His preparations may not be the same as the qualifications we might typically recognize, but they are specific and extremely effective. Moses was educated for 40 years in Pharaoh’s palace then spent 40 more herding sheep, perfect preparation to stand before Pharaoh boldly, and to shepherd the people of Israel through the wilderness for 40 years. Joseph learned to work faithfully and earn the trust of those whom he was subject to, both as a slave and as a prisoner, so when he was appointed to oversee all of the wealth of Egypt he was well prepared to diligently manage the nation’s resources and help save millions from the soon coming famine.
How can I apply this?
1) Because God knows all of the things you don’t know, He has made plans and preparation for you. The reason David took the time and care to make preparations was because he understood that building the temple was part of God’s plan for Solomon, and because Solomon was ‘young and inexperienced.’ David knew better than Solomon how great a task building the temple would be, anticipated this before his death, and made provision for him accordingly.
God’s Word tells us He knows everything: past, present and future. He knew you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5) and He created every aspect of your being (Psalm 119:73). Because of this God has a complete understanding of the plans that will bring fulfillment to your life (Jeremiah 29:11) and accordingly He has prepared good works for you to do (Ephesians 2:10).
But sin has caused separation between man and God (Ephesians 2:12). As a result you don’t have innate knowledge or understanding of your life’s purpose. This is why God desires to order the steps of your life (Psalm 37:23), to show you a clear path amidst all of the possible choices available to you (Psalm 16:11), and to make His plan for your life plain (Jeremiah 29:11).
2) God didn’t plan for you to be mediocre; His plan for your life is ‘exceedingly magnificent’. David also made preparation for Solomon because the temple was meant to bring God glory and thus had to be ‘exceedingly magnificent’.
It’s important to understand that God’s version of magnificence may not agree with ours. It has nothing to do with wealth, or fame, or influence, or power (Psalm 49:6-7). It has everything to do with obedience, service, joy and peace (Galatians 5:22-23). The widow who faithfully placed all the money she had into the offering box was poor, but she had a magnificent and faithful life (Mark 12:41-44). If you diligently ‘seek first God’s kingdom, everything else you have need of’ for a magnificent life ‘will be added to you’ (Matthew 6:33). And this magnificence will extend beyond this life and into the life to come.