1 Kings 15:4,9-11 But because of David, the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem. In the twentieth year of Israel’s King Jeroboam, Asa became king of Judah and reigned 41 years in Jerusalem. His grandmother’s name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom. Asa did what was right in the LORD’s eyes, as his ancestor David had done.
For some people, long-term planning means that they have plans for tonight. They live minute by minute, often living for themselves. While it is good to live in the moment, it’s also good to look ahead. Looking ahead demands that your consider the involvement of others. It requires that you think beyond yourself and think about how your plans and actions affect other people. Do you ever consider that your life today will affect someone tomorrow?
In 1 Kings, we read about evil kings. We read about these guys who did not follow the Lord as their ancestor David did. They ruled to their own pleasure and desires. They turned to other gods and turned their back on the Lord. Consequently, their reign was not blessed. But there was this one guy who came along named Asa. His parents and grandparents didn’t follow the Lord. Everything modeled for him was wicked. And even though he had a bad example set for him, he found the Lord. He destroyed the despicable things his parents had done. He turned his heart to God the way his ancestor David did.
You see, David laid the groundwork for a generation that would come long after he died. It says here in 1 Kings that it was because of David that God raised up Asa to be a man who did right in the eyes of the Lord. That’s some serious long-term planning on David’s part! We, too must realize that our lives are not just about us. We think in terms of how our actions affect us. We pursue wicked things in our heart thinking it won’t hurt anybody. But there is something great at stake: our legacy. We have the opportunity to live a life for the Lord that will be passed down to generation after generation. Think bigger today and pave the way for your great-great-great grandchildren.