“...King David said to all the assembly: ‘My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced; and the work is great...’” (1 Chronicles 29:1)
One might question why God would choose Solomon, a young and inexperienced man, to build the temple of worship where hundreds of people would eventually gather. Although Solomon didn’t necessarily have the experience needed to govern and build God’s Temple, God believed Solomon was the man for the job. God looked at Solomon’s potential more than his experience. The youthfulness and inexperience of Solomon actually made him a prime candidate for leadership. God chose Solomon for the things he was going to accomplish not the things he had already accomplished. For the most part, this method is contrary to our methods of choosing and/or hiring. We look for skills; God looks for teachability. We look for connections; God looks for how we treat others. We look for experience; God looks for potential. The mechanics to govern can be learned but the character to govern comes from God. Remember, “...man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”(1) Maybe, just maybe, God’s review process is better than ours.