1 Chronicles 22

1 Chronicles 22 is the official passing of the torch from David to his son Solomon.  David is gathering workmen and supplies to be able to build “the house of the Lord God” as a place of worship.  He accumulates unbelievable quantities of resources to be used – “100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too”.  There will be no shortage of people or product to get this place built.  But that is only part of the preparation.

David is winding down life.  And as such, he is creating the transition for leadership.  He makes sure to put things in motion to assure success and progress to accomplish his plan for legacy.  “David provided materials in great quantity before his death”.  He took care of putting the physical needs in place.  But he also created a transition in leadership, passing the torch to his son Solomon as he “charged him to build a house for the Lord”.   This is a critical piece that a lot of leaders fail to do well – to identify and prepare their successor to carry forward their plans and be successful.

But David listened to what God had told him.  God promised peace and quiet to Israel, and a desire to have a place of worship where the people would come to focus on Him.  So David makes it clear how that is to occur.  “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you”.  David blesses his son as he passes the torch.  But he also gives him specific ways to be successful as he hands over authority and responsibility.  “Keep the law of the Lord your God”.  Very direct instruction that came with the promise of good results.

Here is what comes in the if/then scenario David painted.  If you are obedient, then you will “prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel”.  Pretty clear promise – you do your part and God will bless you.  But David goes on to list some very specific things that Solomon needed to do.

–       “Be strong

–       Courageous

–       Fear not

–       do not be dismayed

–       Arise

–       work

–       set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God

It is a list of very proactive things that help us keep God where He belongs in our life.  This list is not one of sitting on the sidelines and watching from afar, but leading and being in the thick of what God is up to.  We are called to get in the game – to be part of what God is doing.  We are to arise and work with a mind and heart set to seek God.  Are you living that way?

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