A Father’s Plan

Gods Story For Your Life


A Father’s Plan
Read 1 Chronicles
David said, “My son Solomon is still
young and inexperienced. And since the
Temple to be built for the LORD must
be a magnificent structure, famous and
glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.”
So David collected vast amounts of
building materials before his death.

Then David sent for his son Solomon
and instructed him to build a Temple for
the LORD, the God of Israel. “My son, I wanted to build a Temple to honor the
name of the LORD my God,” David
told him. “But the LORD said to me, ‘You have
killed many men in the battles
you have fought. And since you have shed so
much blood in my sight, you will
not be the one to build a Temple to honor my
name. But you will have a son
who will be a man of peace. I will give him
peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon,
and I will give peace and quiet
to Israel during his reign. He is the one who
will build a Temple to honor my
name. He will be my son, and I will be his
father. And I will secure the
throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’” /
(1 Chronicles

Out of David’s tragic mistake came the
purchase of a plot of land that would
become the site of God’s Temple, the
symbol of God’s presence among his
people. Every time the people went to the
Temple they would remember that God
is their true King and that everyone,
including their human king, is fallible
and subject to sin.

God told
David he would not be the one to build the Temple. Instead, the task
would be
left to his son Solomon. David graciously accepted this “no” from
God. He was
not jealous of the fact that his son would have the honor of
building God’s
Temple, but instead made preparations for Solomon to carry out

We can take steps now to prepare the way for
our children or the children
close to us (the children of friends or family
members) to find and fulfill
God’s purpose. Sooner or later our children will
have to make their own
decisions, but we can help by supplying them with the
proper tools: showing
them how to pray and study God’s Word, the difference
between right and wrong,
and the importance of church involvement.

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