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Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Planning is an important investment for the success of a project. David devoted the last years of his life planning and carrying out the preparations for the building of the temple.

 

Saving is not easy. It requires setting priorities and the firm determination to not deviate from the proposed goal. David mastered this skill. He accumulated a huge amount of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and other materials needed for the construction of the temple of Jerusalem.

 

David badly wanted to build the temple, but God forbade him. He himself reveals why God did not allow him to undertake the construction. Being a man of war, David had killed many people. The temple of Jerusalem should not be associated with bloodshed, but with the proclamation of peace. Solomon his son, would receive the kingdom, free from its enemies, and therefore would be better fitted to erect a building to attract the nations to the true God. David, obedient to the divine order, focused on the preparations for the venture.

 

When the time came to transfer the project to the hands of Solomon, David pronounces a blessing upon him. “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as He said you would. ... You will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged” (1 Chronicles 22:11-13, NIV). All of us would be happy to hear such encouraging words, wouldn’t we?

 

What kind of work do you want to accomplish with the gifts God has given you? Be strong, be courageous! Plan and execute wisely and then rejoice with the extraordinary result.

 

Heavenly Engineer, take my life and let it be a beautiful temple for Your glory.

 

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil