Alex Enabnit – Teaching Resident
Last weekend we started our Christmas series with a sermon about David in “The Gift of a Dream.” That message focused on the dream that David had to build a temple, but despite his desire, was not allowed by God to build it. Instead, he prepared instructions and materials to hand off to his son to build the temple. This weekend we continued our “Gifts” series with David’s son Solomon in “The Gift of a Legacy.”
Solomon was a great man. In fact, Solomon was so great, he had more wealth than any other king in history. As if that weren’t enough, he also had greater wisdom than any king in history. For any king to possess one of those two is incredible, but both? Now that’s a great king! Solomon’s reign was truly mind blowing and it was the highest point in history for the nation of Israel, but have you ever thought about how Solomon would have turned out without his father David? What if Solomon had to pick up from scratch rather than carry on the momentum that his father had given him? The truth is, Solomon couldn’t have been nearly as great without the preparations and care that David poured into his life.
If you’re seeing great success in your life, you’re probably viewing it from the top of someone else’s shoulders. Whose shoulders are you standing on? Even more importantly, who are you putting on your shoulders?
Other quotes and verses from the message:
1 Chronicles 21:18-25; Genesis 22:2; 2 Chronicles 3:1; 2 Chronicles 2:3-4b; 2 Chronicles 2:6-7; 1 Kings 638b; 2 Chronicles 6:17-20; 1 Kings 8:12-13; 2 Chronicles 7:1-3; 2 Chronicles 9:1-6; 2 Chronicles 9:22-24; Ecclesiastes 2:4-9b; 2 Chronicles 15:2; 1 Samuel 2:30-31
“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.” John of Salisbury
“The continued good account of our Business calls for much thankfulness to Almighty God while we humbly ask for the infinitely higher blessings of His Grace in the Lord Jesus Christ … Surely it becomes me to speak of the Lord’s patience and longsuffering towards one so utterly evil and sinful and to pray that I might be enabled through Grace to live every hour under the teaching of the Holy Spirit patiently abiding His time for calling me to that Place [of] Everlasting Rest, the purchase of the precious blood of the Lamb of God for saved sinners.” Arthur Guinness II
“You cannot make money from people unless you are willing for people to make money from you.” Edward Cecil Guinness
“God has followed me during my career and he has blessed me…if anybody who knows me or if anybody has watched me you have seen his hand in my life, and my prayer is that he will walk with you as he has walked with me all through my life.” David Robinson, during his induction speech for the Basketball Hall of Fame