Dr. Randy White
"David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it.” So David made ample preparations before his death." (1 Chronicles 22:5,)
It was clear to David that, because of His sin of self-reliance shown in counting the numbers of the armies of Israel, he would not be allowed to carry out his heart’s desire to build a House for God. This grand opportunity would be left to the next generation.
David could, however, dream the dream and gather the goods! So, David became the architect of the Temple he would never build. He designed a temple that would be "exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands." This is a good blue-print for the activities you do in the name of God! David also gathered the material for the construction, including stone, iron, timber, and “more bronze than could be weighed” (1 Chronicles 22:3).
Pastor Earnest Campbell put it this way—
To be young is to study in schools that you didn’t build.
To be mature is to build schools in which you will not study.
To be young is to swim in pools that you did not dig. To be
mature is to dig pools in which you will not swim
To be young is to sit under trees that you did not plant.
To be mature is to plant trees under which you will not sit.
To be young is to dance to music you did not write.
To be mature is to write music to which you will not dance.
To be young is to benefit from a church that you did not make.
To be mature is to make a church from which you might not benefit.
Can your prayer today be "now I will make preparation" for that which you will not directly benefit?
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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