David commanded to gather together the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. David also provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, and cedar timbers without number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. For David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.
—1 Chronicles 22:2-5
by: Angie Osborn.
David had been told that he would not be allowed to build the Temple. He was, however, able to plan for the building of the Temple. He worked with Solomon to plan and share his wisdom. David’s response could have been one of frustration—he wanted to build the temple. When God told him he could not build the temple, he responded in obedience and humility. He accepted God’s plan and found a way he could contribute. God may not always call us to do what we think we should be doing, but He will use us as long as we are obedient to Him. What part is He asking you to play?