Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God. 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 before me on the earth. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.’
“Now, my son, the LORD be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the LORD your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the LORD commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.
—1 Chronicles 22:6-13
by: Angie Osborn.
David planned the Temple and thought he would be the one to build it. God, however, had other plans. He did not want David to build the Temple, but wanted Solomon, David’s son, to do it instead. I am sure it was difficult for David to give up his life-long dream of building a “house” for God. But he accepted God’s direction and was obedient to it. As humans, we plan and scheme, but sometimes God steps in and makes it clear that He has other plans and pushes us in another direction. Our response should be like David’s—we should be willing to set our plans aside and follow His leading.