King David desired to build a house for The Lord but was not permitted because he was a man of war (1 Chron 22:8) however, just because he was personally unable to fulfill his vision he did not give up. Instead he took counter measures to complete his dream:
1) HE APPOINTED A SUCCESSOR
In order for the dream to move forward there must be a successor to complete the process. David understood that he could not do this alone, so he placed his son Solomon in leadership and then worked diligently to secure Solomon’s success. (I Chronicles 22:6)
2) HE COLLECTED SUPPLIES
And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight; 4 Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David (I Chronicles 22:3-4)
3) HE RECRUITED WORKERS
David looked around and noticed there were skilled workmen in abundance (I Chronicles 22:15) so he began to recruit them so that Solomon would have labourers in place when the construction began.
4) HE DESIGNED A PLAN
Not only did David appoint a successor, collect supplies, and recruit workers, he also designed a plan through the guiding of the spirit, how the construction was to be done. 2 Chronicles 28:11-12 tells us, “Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, etc . . .”
I Chronicles 22:5 states, “So David prepared abundantly before his death.” David was the man after God’s own heart and still was held back from some of his dreams due to some of his choices. However, this did not shut David down. Instead he began to prepare for the fulfillment of the vision knowing full well someone else would get the credit. How about you? Are you preparing for the future?
APPOINT: Who can you be training right now to replace you in the future?
COLLECT: What supplies do you need to complete your dream?
RECRUIT: List five people that can help your dream come true.
DESIGN: Do you have a plan or pattern for your future?