David wanted to build a temple for the Lord God but he wasn’t allowed. No parliament, people or law stood in his way, but God refused to let him undertake it.
But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before Me. (1 Chronicles 22:8, NASB)
No doubt this depressed David. He might have said” Well, God I did your bidding through all those things.” But he didn’t say that, possibly because God softened the blow with these promises.
You will have a son, Solomon. There will be peace and quiet in his time. He will build my house. I will be his father and he will be my son. (From 1 Chronicles 22)
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.” David made ample preparations before his death. (1 Chronicles 22:5, NASB)
He started by telling his son what God predicted. He prepared him for the job. Then he gathered materials. It’s all explained in 1 Chronicles 22. The modern-day equivalent would be about 17 billion dollars’ worth of gold and silver. He gathered skilled workmen, wise counselors and did everything possible to make the temple a reality.
What are you doing for those who come after you? Do they know what you want, need, wish for? Can we honestly say we prepared the path for those coming after us? Have we made a will? (See Happy Daze, L.I.F.E. after 40)
Prayer- Lord, we ask for your common sense so that, like David, we prepare those after us to live a fulfilled life. Amen.