(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
1 Chronicles 28
David had it all. He was a skilled warrior, a talented musician, and above all, he was King of God’s chosen people. God referred to him as a man after God’s own heart. So it stands to reason that God would choose David to build the permanent temple where the Israelites would worship.
God had other plans. He wanted one of David’s descendants to be the one to build the temple. Needless to say, this disappointed David, but he understood.
Near the end of his life he explained to the leaders of Israel what God had in store, and that’s where we come to 1 Chronicles 28:
2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. 3 But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’
4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6 He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’
As the chapter unfolds we see David giving Solomon the plans and charging him to remain both faithful and courageous. David gracefully handed the reigns over to his son.
You see, sometimes you’re just not the guy to do what God wants. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve faced disappointment when the plans I had to serve God didn’t quite go the way I wanted them to. I’ve worked on someone trying to reach them for Jesus, only to discover someone else finishing the drill.
If you’re feeling disappointed or disillusioned because the thing you thought was supposed to be your assignment from God isn’t, take comfort in knowing that you planted a seed, you laid a foundation, you began the groundwork for what God accomplished through someone else.
It doesn’t matter if any of us get the glory. God is the one who deserves the glory, and when He’s glorified, we all win.