Daily D – 1 Chronicles 22:5
David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the LORD must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death. 1 CHRONICLES 22:5 (NLT)
This is a fascinating chapter. David set up Solomon for success. The best leaders do that for those who succeed them. A local pastor has served his church for two decades. The church has accomplished many good things in that time. As the pastor prepares to retire at the end of this year, he has engaged our team to help them with a process to prepare for and to secure their next pastor.
We have worked together for the last year toward this end. The church knows what to do before the pastor leaves, what to do after he leaves his role, and what to do once the next pastor is in place. That is setting up the successor for success.
Our friend who passed away recently constantly taught his children and grandchildren how to do things. He not only wanted to hand down essential skills, he also wanted to teach them how to think, how to be smarter than what they were working on. Such reasoning abilities can help a person know what to do with just about any puzzling situation. That is setting up the successor for success.
There are times in training and development when it is good to metaphorically throw someone into the deep end and see if they can swim. The military enjoys testing officer candidates by placing them in impossible situations with limited tools to see how creative they can be in solving a problem. However, when it comes to moving from duty to duty, there are well-worn paths regarding who does what how and when.
Who are you setting up for success? Who will have it better than you did?
Have you ever inherited a mess, or messes, requiring clean up? Have you ever had to bring order to the chaos someone else left behind? In one place I served, I could not figure out why local business owners kept their distance from me for the first couple of years I was there. Then I was told one of the staff members before me left town owing money. It took a while to live down his reputation. That is not the way to set up your successor for success.
Chances are pretty good you are not the last one to hold your position. What will you do to ease the way for the next person? King David secured the laborers and the materials for success in Solomon’s first major project. He also provided the leaders to support and to guide him (v. 17). He made sure Solomon understood that God was with him and would empower his success (vv. 18, 19).
It may be that your best leadership ever is in preparing the way for your successor and successfully leaving and getting out of the way when the time comes. What will you do to set up your successor for success?
I will set up my successor for success.
Our Father, empower me to leave things in better order than how I found them. Empower me to provide wise guidance and appropriate preparation for those who come behind me. Remind me to leave when it is time to leave. Give me the grace to cheer on those who step into my former roles. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.