With great pains I have provided for the house of the LORD 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add. You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and work! The LORD be with you!”
David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, “Is not the LORD your God with you? And has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and his people. Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the LORD.”
—1 Chronicles 22:14-19
by: Angie Osborn.
In this situation, David was an example of someone who works in the background and may receive little or no credit for his or her contribution. David would not build the Temple, but he would make all of the preparations behind the scenes. He also used his influence to instruct the people to assist his son in the work. Without those details being taken care of, Solomon would have had a very hard time getting the job done. Sometimes, we are called to work in the background. Others may not see our contributions, but they are important too. Like David, we may not see the finished product, but we can rejoice knowing we played a part in God’s plan!