Text: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21
Transition involves handing over to our successor. This is a very solemn moment in the life of a man or woman. It requires careful and thorough prayers if one is a believer. Here, David again leaves us a very good example on how to tackle this important assignment. He shows by his own life that greatness or succession is not necessarily a variable of birth position. He was appointed king by God through the anointing oil his position as the last child not withstanding. Likewise Solomon was chosen though he wasn’t the first. God knows the heart. He also bestows talents as he seems fit.
David clearly declares his successor before his officials. He didn’t leave any room for struggle over the throne after his demise. He silences any opposition by establishing Solomon when he was yet alive. Moreover, he charges Solomon to continue the work of the temple building. This is the major commission he leaves for him Thus giving him a focus. He publicly charges him to hold on to the lord seek him with all his heart and serve him faithfully for things to go well with him.
So what? We are charged with the duty of ensuring continuity in the service of God in our generations. When we come to God we must do our best to ensure that our children are taught the ways of the lord. This is the most important legacy we can leave for them. A life without Christ is nothing no matter the wealth and riches available.
A child who doesn’t know God deeply can easily rubbish his parents efforts at building an empire when it is bequeathed to him. Therefore parents must do their best to ensure that their children know how to seek the lord. Seeking the lord must be to develop an intimate relationship with him. It is meaningless to look for God just for the benefits we can obtain. In conclusion, it is always best to make adequate provisions for a smooth transition before one passed on because no one knows tomorrow. May God’s wisdom guide us always. Amen.