Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 22-24.
There are no perfect fathers, and that was certainly true for David. He failed to provide some necessary correction when his wayward sons needed it. He shut out Absalom when he should have been offering him a second chance. But as David’s life drew to a close, and he prepared to pass the torch to Solomon, he got it right and offered good advice to his son.
David continued, “Now, son, may the Lord your God be with you, and may he keep his promise to make you successful in building a temple for him. And may the Lord your God give you insight and wisdom so that you may govern Israel according to his Law. If you obey all the laws which the Lord gave to Moses for Israel, you will be successful. Be determined and confident, and don’t let anything make you afraid. 1 Chronicles 22:11-13
Fathers often do a better job of giving their children things instead of the words and attention they need most. David provided everything his son needed to build the temple, but he also took the time to share words of wisdom with him.
He reminded his son of God’s promises. The LORD promises to provide for us, protect us, guide us, fill us with joy, and give us so many other good gifts. Most of all, he promises salvation through faith in Jesus.
He stressed the importance of wisdom. There is the world’s way which leads to death. Then there is the way which begins with the fear of the LORD and continues on to life, health, and peace.
He shared the key to success: doing it God’s way. More than any other action, God desires our obedience. More than anything else, this assures us of God’s blessing.
He encouraged him to proceed confidently. Since he could count on God’s promises, and since the LORD will do what is good, Solomon could act without hesitation to carry out his father’s plan.
David wrapped all his words in prayer, asking God to give wisdom to his son. When Solomon became king and felt the full weight of his responsibilities, he cried out for wisdom, and God gave him more wisdom than any other man. It all began with a father’s advice.
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