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For Generations

A true word of encouragement from the life of a daddy and powerful leader, King David.

King David had discovered the values needed to establish a lasting family legacy that would impact the world FOR GENERATIONS.

David had done his part. Now he set the table for the next generation. He prepared everything they needed to make it happen. Not only did the vision continue but also his values, values that would lead the family legacy FOR GENERATIONS.

The work of the Lord was not finished. The family values would therefore connect the hearts of the patriarch with his protégés for generations as the vision was fulfilled.

David gathered the materials (valuables), he teed up the work and he prepared the next generation to continue with God’s calling.

David knew his son lacked experience but rather than focus on building the temple, he shifted his focus to building character into the life of his son. What a masterful strategy.

David would have ultimately lacked the energy and time to see the project through. God knew that David deeply desired to glorify Him by building the temple but God knew even greater glory would come as people recognized the hand of God on his family FOR GENERATIONS!

I love verse ten. What is the outcome? There are at least two conclusions.

The first? National impact. It says God’s leader will lead the nation forever!

May His will be done not only in the life of the nation of Israel but in the lives of our families and nation as well.

The second? A lasting legacy.

I love the intimacy and instruction David gives his son in verses 11-13. What we see here is the actual transferring of the family values that not only led David but were the keys to leading the family FOR GENERATIONS. The vision may shift from building a temple to building a company over the course of time but the values would remain at the heart of the calling.

David transferred his values to his son when he outlined these simple instructions.

1. Expect success when led by God.

2. Lean on the Lord’s wisdom and understanding.

3. Be strong.

4. Be courageous.

5. Do not be afraid.

6. And finally, because leadership can be tough and discouraging, don’t lose heart!

Wow! Talk about family values that serve as a foundation for a God size vision for any generation! What a beautiful example David has portrayed for what a lasting family legacy should look like.

Here is the passage.

1 Chronicles 22:2-13

So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God. David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and he gave more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David. David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the LORD must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death. Then David sent for his son Solomon and instructed him to build a Temple for the LORD, the God of Israel.  “My son, I wanted to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD my God,” David told him.  “But the LORD said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood in my sight, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name.  But you will have a son who will be a man of peace. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign.  He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will secure the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’  “Now, my son, may the LORD be with you and give you success as you follow his directions in building the Temple of the LORD your God.  And may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the Law of the LORD your God as you rule over Israel. For you will be successful if you carefully obey the decrees and regulations that the Lord gave to Israel through Moses. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!



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