Transition of leadership!
Scripture reading for April 20th: 1st Chronicles 22-27
As I have attended and worked in different church families, one of the things that is often done poorly is the transition of leadership. Often when there is a change of leaders, no preparation or thinking has been done by the core leadership of the church. Sometimes the selection process becomes a popularity contest instead of seeking God’s will. It divides the church and there is great turmoil. Many times people fail to seek the Lord for His plan of succession and a plan for success!
When David was old and “full of years”, (1st Chronicles 23:1) he made Solomon king over Israel. David’s son Adonijah had tried to make himself king but Bathsheba and Nathan the prophet worked together to redirect the situation. (1st Kings 1:1-5) There was a power struggle because flesh wants control and often seeks to take power for self. It is one of the strategies of Satan to bring division and confusion in a church or nation.
After installing Solomon, David wisely helped his son succeed in accomplishing the tasks he knew were God’s will. David told Solomon that it was God’s will that he build the Lord’s house. He was positive and encouraging and prayed for God’s wisdom and discretion that his son might keep the Law of God and have success! A father’s blessing and God’s blessing go a long way toward success! (1st Chronicles 22:11-13)
Next, David assembled materials for the Temple. He generously provided from his own treasury for God’s house! He set a good example for his son and the nation of personal sacrifice. He understood that when God’s house was provided for, God would bless His people. (1st Chronicles 22:14-16)
The last thing David did was to gather the key leaders of Israel together and encourage them to support Solomon. David cited the Lord’s victories and how God had given the people rest. He encouraged the leaders to seek the Lord with all their heart and soul and to begin building. This transition would continue the vision of the Lord through David and insure the accomplishment of God’s will and purposes. (1st Chronicles 22:17-19)
Pray for your church family and nation for godly transition in leadership. Stand against Satan’s strategy to divide people and promote selfish leadership who will ignore God’s plans. May God’s kingdom come and His will be done here on earth as in heaven!