Friday, July 17, 2009

Passing the Baton

My Bible reading this morning was about David passing the rule of Israel over to Solomon. Then, when I open up twitter, there's a tweet asking "What are you doing for the next spiritual generation?" with a link to an article. Hmm. Two nudges from unrelated sources within 30 minutes? Maybe this is important.



As I mentioned earlier, my Bible reading was about David and his son Solomon. David wanted to build the temple, but God said no, however, God told him it would be David's son, Solomon who built it. What's interesting to me and what I think we can seriously learn from is what David does with this. Instead of spending the rest of his life in sorrow because he cannot build the temple, he begins preparing his son.



Solomon is known as one of the wisest men to ever live. His rule in Israel was a peaceful one, and he did build that amazing temple for God. But look at all David did to set the stage. David's rule was not peaceful. He beat back Israel's attackers and made it clear, through God's help and providence, that God's people were not to be messed with. He laid the groundwork for that peace. And as far as the temple goes, David began work gathering and stockpiling materials before Solomon became King. He got things ready. He prepared for the next generation. Because of his investments, his faith, his heart for God, the next generation of Israel were able to live in peace and advance God's kingdom.



What are we doing to invest in the next spritual generation? What are we doing to lay the groundwork for the future of the kingdom? Will our children be prepared to lead out when we pass the baton?

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