Bible Reference: 1 Chronicles 22:12-13
Translation: Living Bible (TLB)
Bible Text: 12 And may the Lord give you the good judgment to follow all his laws when he makes you king of Israel. 13 For if you carefully obey the rules and regulations that he gave to Israel through Moses, you will prosper. Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic!
OBSERVATION: David took his obligation to serve God seriously. He wanted to do everything he could to serve God while he was able to, and of course, he wanted to make sure that the kingdom work would continue after his death. Given the forethought that his son would build a temple for God, David wanted to make sure that Solomon would be prepared personally, as king, and for the job of constructing the temple. The advice given by David, is something that we could use today in our personal commitment, and in raising our own kids. Meditate with me.
APPLICATION: I believe that starting with the very first verse in our Scripture, we are reminded where it is a personal choice for us to follow Jesus Christ, and if we allow His Word to direct our path/steps/life. Notice that David prayed that God would give Solomon the good judgment to follow His laws. I wonder if this is something that we often take for granted? Oh how we must remember that our kids will hang around with the world, and kids of the world. So what habits might they develop? Who might be they act like? David wanted God to help Solomon follow His laws so that his decisions might be based on God’s will, and ordered by Him, for His glory. What kind of world might we have if our students, our teachers, our college professors, and our adults prayed for, encouraged and taught the will of God, and showed our young people that it is God’s laws that must be sought after and followed, if we want to see a society that imitates our Master! David also showed us that it is important to help our children understand what the benefits are from following Jesus and His commands. Our children will be much smarter, and willing to follow our suggestions if we offer them more than a ‘because I told you so’!! David knew it, and he wanted Solomon to also know that our path will be blessed and our future will be prosperous, if we seek after God’s perfect will, rather than our own. Try sharing some experiences with your children. That will help to show proof that God prospered you because you followed His commands, so do as I did my son/daughter. In conclusion, we can provide our children with confidence that God will do as He always did for His children, and as He promised, He would do more for those who follow Him. There’s no need for us to walk around with doubt in our hearts and with a question mark across our faces. If God said it, He will do it! We could go forward in faith knowing that the same God who promised life after the flood; the same God who told Lazarus to come forth from the grave; the same God who told Peter to walk on water, and the same God who sent His Son as the Savior of the world, from the ugliness of sin – this God is the One in who we can place our trust, and be strong, courageous, fearless and enthusiastic – just like David encouraged his son Solomon with! Praise God that I know Him personally, and that I have that assurance. Do you, my precious friend? If not, please read my Footnote and follow the instructions for full surrender to our Lord and Savior. My prayers are with you!
PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for Your Word, and for the encouragement from this passage today. Please speak to the hearts of my readers. Oh that we may be a people after David’s own heart, and may we have a burning desire to see our children, our young people, our friends, and yes, our family, may they have a desire to know You and to follow your commands. May the ways of this world become very dull, boring and worthless to them as they draw close to You. May Your perfect will be fulfilled in the hearts of the unsaved today – especially those that we hold near and dear to our hearts. AMEN!
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