Today’s Readings are 1 Chronicles 22 and Revelation 6.
Here we see one generation passing the baton on to the next. David had made various plans and preparations for the building of the temple, but was instructed by the Lord, “You have shed much blood and made great wars; you shall not build a house for my My name…”(v8). So what we can accept is that due to David’s warlike activities he was disqualified from building the temple. Now, David seeks to impress upon Solomon, his son, the divine promises which were made to him and encouraged him to be obedient to the call of the Lord.
Now that the work for the temple is well advanced, Solomon is instructed to work for the Lord zealously (12-14). The work can now be completed as the leaders of Israel are commanded to sustain their king in this task, as they are now free from the burdens of war (17-18).
The great call to Solomon is a great call to all who come after us, “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God”(19). This is a call that every generation needs to hear. What David did in this moment is not only provide the resources for his son to build the temple, but he also encouraged him to serve God.
This has been a busy week for me as I welcomed my son’s new daughter into the world. It is true to say that generations are always watching us and following us. Sometimes we can forget the privilege it is to pass the baton on to those who follow us. Yesterday at a conference I was reminded of the living reality that no matter what challenges we face in this life the Lord our God is with us where ever we go. David also reminds his son of this living reality when he says, “Is not the Lord your God with you?” The answer is YES.
Sometimes we can too easily forget this. May we, as we reflect on these words from David, see a way forward to helping those who follow us in both word and deed.