1 Chronicles 28:1-10 (NIV) 1David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the warriors and all the brave fighting men. 2King 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. 3But 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. 5Of 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. 6He 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. 7I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’ 8“So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever. 9“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”
David had it in his heart to build a temple to God. He labored for it and planned it down to the last detail. He arranged for all the materials and workers, yet it was David’s son, Solomon, who would build it. Sometimes God’s plans don’t make a lot of sense. For example, Solomon would work the people of Israel so hard in building the temple and his kingdom that Israel would divide as a result. It appears that David should have just built the temple in light of what happened, but God was preparing His people for the day that the better builder would take on flesh, be born in a manger, and accomplish God’s redemptive plan through His death and resurrection.
In John 2, Jesus makes a comment that if the physical temple was destroyed he would build it in three days. The Jews hearing this were amazed since the temple of that time took 46 years to build. But, John gives us an insight that, “He was speaking about the temple of His body.” Jesus is the true temple where sinful man can enter and experience the presence of God and His forgiveness of sins. Again, to Jesus’ disciples, this plan didn’t make a lot of sense, but John continues by writing, “When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.”
Often God’s plans do not make a lot of sense, but just like the disciples, we need to “believe the Scripture and the word that Jesus has spoken.” Today as you make plans, think of what Jesus has said and done and ask Him how to apply His life and words to each plan.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.