Practically all of us share the universal desire for our children to have happy, healthy, productive lives. When we imagine their future, we picture them as productive and contributing and we often dream of a destiny for them that is beyond ordinary. In fact, as we desire and imagine these things for them, we pray that God would protect them and keep them on the path of the righteous, propelling them towards the greatness that most of us see in our children.
King David saw this for his son, Solomon. he prayed in 1 Chronicles 29: 19, “Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.”
Practically no parent that reads that prayer would disagree with the heart of what David is praying and many parents of faith would mimic such a prayer for their own children. These same people of faith, however, may not be able to include the full prayer that David was praying preceding this concluding request of the Lord from David. Prior to David concluding with this request, he said of the Lord, “Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (verse 12).
David recognized the sovereignty and abundance of God. He submitted himself and all of his riches to the rightful place of stewardship as he recognized that they are the property and blessing of God. David gave to the Lord from the Truth of the premise that it was God’s to start with. As such, a generous heart of giving is consistent with thanksgiving and predicate for trusting that God should be trusted with the destiny of Solomon.
God does not present a buffet line for our picking and choosing. We can’t legitimately ask His favor without recognizing His ownership. If we recognize His ownership, we can’t hold what we have without giving to the things that contain His passions, such as His church and those people who are hurting and broken. It’s either all His or it isn’t, but if we choose the latter, then we can’t expect the benefits of the former.