In I Chronicles 22 David is an old man. He knows he doesn’t have long, so he calls together all the rulers or Israel, and his son Solomon. He will challenge the rulers and all the people to help Solomon and he will challenge Solomon to build the Temple. There are some very valuable lessons here for us that might help us.
- He charges him. He lays on him and imposes on him the responsibility he has. I think young people will rise to the occasion, if they feel their responsibility. We don’t place responsibility on young people anymore. They can’t work public jobs until late teenage years, when a century ago young people were working at much earlier ages. We underestimate young people. They are capable of much more.
- He reminds him of God’s plan. He tells him the story of how God would not allow him to build the Temple but promised that his son would. Verses 9-11. “Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. 10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever. 11 Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee.” We should be constantly telling our young people that God has a plan for their lives. They do not belong to themselves but they are the purchased of Christ. God has created them, and saved them for a purpose of service.
- He prays for him in verse 12 that God would give him wisdom, understanding, the ability to lead the nation, and help to keep God’s law. Are we praying for our young people. Do they hear those prayers. I knew my family prayed for me, but it was good to hear the things that they prayed for. It was a great encouragement to me.
- He encourages Solomon. Vs. 13 He tells him that he will prosper if he keeps God’s laws. He tells him to be courageous, strong, and not to be dismayed. Are we encouraging the young people in our lives to serve God. I will never forget going out soul winning in a church in Ohio. They partnered me with a young man who was 16, and he had come to Christ as a result of the church’s bus ministry. During our time together he told me how he had tried to witness to friends at school and how they had made fun of him. He needed encouragement and I tried my best to do so.
- David made preparations. David had worked diligently to prepare for the Temple construction. God wasn’t going to allow him to build it, but that didn’t mean that David couldn’t do a lot of the leg work to get it ready for Solomon. Are we helping prepare the next generation to serve God? When they leave our churches and ministries are they ready for the attacks against their faith that the world will hurl at them? Have we passed on our knowledge of prayer, Bible study, preaching, discipleship and soul winning? Are they prepared to carry on the work of the church when our time of service is finished?
Why don’t we have some Solomons today busy in serving God? Because there was no Davids around to help them prepare.
This is one article out of a series called “Life is a Relay.”
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