Preparing our ‘FUTURE GENERATIONS’ for God’s MINISTRY: 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. (1 Chron. 22:5)
King David was a visionary. Not only did he understand how to follow God’s plan during his lifetime, but David was able to look beyond his lifetime and fulfill his desire to build the house of God through his son Solomon. He wanted the best for God, and the house of God that David envisioned in his imagination was to be “exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries” (v. 5). So, while David was still alive, he decided to prepare everything in advance for his son Solomon, so that when the time came to start with the building construction, everything that was needed would be readily stocked, available and in the proper place.
Let us look closely at the different things that King David did while he was alive in advance preparation for building the house of God for and on behalf of his son Solomon:
- He gathered all the foreigners in Israel together as part of his manpower resource planning (v. 2a)
- He designated and appointed masons for cutting the hewn stones for the building (v. 2b)
- He stocked up iron in plenty for the use of nails and joints (v. 3a)
- He gathered bronze in advance for the inlay work of the building (v. 3b)
- He accumulated cedar trees for the major construction work (v. 4)
- He called his son Solomon and gave him specific instructions and encouragement (vv. 6-13)
- He recruited different skilled workers in advance, including woodsmen and stone cutters (v. 15a)
- He amassed all the costly materials needed for the exterior of the building (vv. 14-16)
- He directed all the leaders of Israel about how they should assist Solomon in his task (v. 17)
- He brought Israel to a relative time of peace and rest from all war, thus making it conducive for the massive building project (v. 18-19)
- Finally, he made his son Solomon king of Israel while he was alive and gave him proper authority and power to rule over Israel (23:1)
Apostle Paul took this cue from His Lord and also mentored his beloved disciple Timothy, who was “a true son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2) through the two personal epistles of 1st and 2nd Timothy. God has gifted us tremendous wisdom through various experiences that we have undergone in our lives, and God desires that we should also prepare our future generations for God’s ministry just like King David, our Lord Jesus Christ and Apostle Paul. Let’s take some time today and examine our lives to check what we are doing in that area of ministry!