1 Chronicles 29:1
“Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.”
There are a couple of people in the Scriptures who would be hard to follow as a leader after they died. The first person would be Moses. There is no way that Joshua could compare to Moses and what he did for Israel. When Joshua became the one leading the nation of Israel into the Promised Land, it must have seemed that he could in no way be to the people what Moses was to them; however, God was not expecting Joshua to be Moses, God was expecting Joshua to be Joshua.
The second man who would be hard to follow was David. Solomon had his hands full in carrying on the success as king that David had experienced. The people of Israel loved David, and Solomon had to know that there was no way to fill the shoes that his father left when he went to Heaven. However, God was not expecting Solomon to fill David’s shoes; God was expecting Solomon to fill his own shoes.
David knew that Solomon had big shoes to fill, and that is why he said to the congregation, “Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender…” He was telling the people that though Solomon was not tested by time or weathered by leadership experience, that they needed to give him a chance to be what God expected that he could be. David knew that the work before Solomon was great, but that great work would never be accomplished if the people didn’t give him a chance.
One of the mistakes many people make is that they don’t give a new leader a chance for God to do His work through their life. When God was saying that Solomon was young, He was saying that he was a blank sheet of paper that God had yet to write His works upon. Many young leaders who could have become great leaders are thrown away because the follower made up their minds about them before they had a chance to write God’s works on their lives. If you make up your mind about a new leader before they have a chance to prove themselves, you will immediately taint your heart and mind with negative about them and could very well miss something great that God will do through them.
Moreover, just because the new person is not tested and weathered by experience, you must give them a chance for God to guide them. Remember that God never expects anyone to fill the shoes of a great person before them; rather, He expects them to fill their own shoes. Nobody will do the works of those before them, but that doesn’t mean that God can’t do great works through them. Joshua couldn’t lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness, but he could lead them into the Promised Land if the people would give him a chance. Fortunately, the people didn’t expect Joshua to be Moses; they expected Joshua to be the Joshua that God intended for him to be. Never compare someone to their parents or a leader before them because God never intended them to be that person. Let them be the person who God intended for them to be, and God will be able to write great works in their life.
My friend, be careful about not giving a new leader a chance to become what God intends for them to be. They may not be like a previous leader, but they can become a great leader who you will love if you will give them a chance.