Have you ever noticed how the Bible has certain scenes that seem to remind us of other scenes? The first part of 1 Chronicles 22 has David passing the torch on to Solomon to build the temple of the Lord. David desired to build the temple himself, but the Lord wouldn’t allow that because David had killed too many people.
Does this remind you of Moses, who couldn’t enter the promised land but had to pass on to Joshua the mission of leading the Israelites? Or how about Abraham, to whom it was promised fatherhood of many nations, yet he did not live to see this promise fulfilled?
There is an important theme here, one that we should not let slip by: God will always be true to his covenant promises, even though at times it may not look that way.
We can learn a powerful lesson from these three men who were obedient to God in the face of what had to be disappointing situations. We can imagine how David must have longed to build a magnificent temple in worship and praise of the Lord, who had been so faithful to him in spite of his massive, sin-induced fiascos. But God had another plan, involving David’s son Solomon: “‘He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever’” (1 Chron. 22:10, NIV).
It takes a lot of trust to hand over control of life’s events to God, especially those that fall under the heading of “the Lord’s work.” Yet Abraham, Moses, and David somehow managed to let go. Can we do the same?
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
(Psalm 18:30, NKJV)