Preparation for Excellence

The Journey now takes us to 1 Chronicles 22-23. Let us examine David’s conversation with Solomon. The instructions are to follow God’s will, be strong and courageous. David explains that the resources will be given but Solomon needs to use these resources wisely. 

David had the ability to step back and prepare for the day for someone to take over the leadership. He began assembling materials for the building of the temple because He knew that it was the next generation who would carry out the work. We will not always see the fruit of our labors but our hard work will set up success for the future as we prepare the next generation to carry out God’s work.

Reading in 1 Chronicles 22:2-4, plenty of resources were gathered by David. He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.

When David was up in age, he went ahead and handed off the leadership to Solomon and set up the duties of Levites who would manage the methods of the temple service; helping all that brought an offering and in all the ways that the worship of God would be carried out.

The lesson for me in today’s passage is that things just don’t happen. They need to be prayed about and planned for. A lot of work has to be put into preparing for the future. In reflection, one example is the church I attend. About twelve years ago it was struggling but put in place was a vision for the future. A multi-million dollar building project was planned out and there was a goal to gather the financial resources up front so there was not any debt for future generations. Today First United Methodist of Waco, has a tremendous impact on not only the community but throughout the world.

 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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