Read 1 Chronicles 22
Focus on verse 5
David not only led well throughout his life, he prepared the way for Solomon to transition into his position as king, and much of his preparation revolves around the building of the temple. Transitions of leadership tend to be a little tricky. Whether it is the leadership of a nation, a business, a church or a family, the organization becomes most vulnerable at the point of leadership transition. The transition from David to Solomon as recorded in 1 Kings 1 reveals that the throne was nearly hijacked by Solomon’s brother Adonijah. Here in Chronicles Adonijah’s coupe is not mentioned, but we discover that David had made some careful preparation, not just for the building of the temple, but in preparing Solomon for what his responsibilities as king would be.
The fact that the temple is central to this transition should not be overlooked as coincidental either. One might perhaps consider this figuratively in order to apply it to leadership transition of any kind in that when the Lord is central to the transition, the odds of success increase exponentially. There is no question that the Lord orchestrated this transition. It was the Lord who chose David as king. It was the Lord who chose Solomon to succeed him, and it was the Lord who inspired David to invest the time and training that he did in Solomon so that the transition could be seamless.
If the Lord did that for His people in the Old Testament, (and the Lord never changes) should we expect any less from Him today? Is God not interested in every aspect of the lives of His people? Whether the organization in question is our nation, our business or our family, God is interested in being at the center of leadership transitions. When we leave Him out of it, or neglect to prepare the next leader adequately for the responsibility, we put the entire organization at risk.
One of the reasons our current society is starting to come apart at the seams is because we have not been successful in passing the faith along from generation to generation as young leaders rise to power. While the current climate in our culture concerns me, I am also encouraged by some of the young people I have encountered who, though they express it differently than my generation did, demonstrate a renewed and clear passion to follow Jesus. Perhaps it is not yet too late to invest in the next generation as the Lord prepares them to lead our culture into the future.