1 Chronicles 22:5
David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.
David desired to build a great temple for God. But God told him, “You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.” That job was for David’s son, Solomon.
How would you have responded? Your dream denied. Your desire squelched. David’s effort to show his love for God was given to the next generation. Would you have become angry, discouraged or have thrown a spiritual tantrum? Many people respond to God’s “no” in these ways. But reread David’s response in today’s passage.
David spent the rest of his days making plans for a structure he would never see. David didn’t spend his golden years at the golf course, tennis court, or traveling. He was willing to use his experience, influence and time to make preparations for a great house for the Lord, in spite of knowing he would not be around for the grand opening. How about you? What are you planting today that you may never see grow?
Father, help me to live my life investing in things that will outlive me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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