Day 103: Wise words of advice (1 Kings 1-2)

Posted: July 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’ 1 Kings 2:1-4

It’s always good to listen to good advice from a trusted source, especially if it’s right before taking said person’s spot on the throne!

David’s life, at the end of 2 Samuel and in the beginning of 1 Kings, is drawing to a close. His son, Solomon, is about to replace him as leader of the land, and just before he dies, he hands down some great advice that I think we can all take t the bank, and it’s really quite simple – “Obey the LORD, and you will be blessed.”

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? David’s kingdom was in a good place at this time. Everyone was united, the nation was at peace and prospering, and although there was still turmoil within David’s family (Abiathar would try to take over the throne from Solomon before he even had a chance to be anointed), tha nation itself was prospering. But David had to know the dangers of being king, having ruled over Israel for nearly 40 years. He knew the dangers, the temptations, and how easy it was to fall into sin. His mistakes with Bathsheba had brought nothing but trouble to his family. In this advice to his fourth son, Solomon, I can bet that he longed that he wouldn’t make the same mistakes and bring trouble on his kingdom. David gave the good advice, and now it would be up to Solomon to follow it through.

How many times have we seen people in authority over us stumble? It’s a difficult thing to witness – a man or woman that we look up to makes a mistake, or knowingly does something wrong, and suddenly, this figure isn’t perfect anymore, isn’t “worthy of being looked up to anymore.” But what if this person admits his or her mistakes, repents, and turns their life around? This was, essentially, David’s background as he talked to his son. He had lived through it all, made mistakes and paid for them, and was in a perfect position to offer his advice.

No one is perfect. If someone gives you good, Godly advice about something they have lived through, don’t disregard it just because they have made mistakes. If this were the case, no one would heed any advice from anybody, because everyone fails! Instead, use this person’s life experience as a teaching tool, and heed it wisely, but above all, seek God’s advice above all. The best advice we can ever follow is from God’s Holy Word. The wisdom of man is but pure folly when compared to that of the LORD.

I think of many people in my life who I have sought out for advice in the ways of life, my parents, youth leaders, friends and church leaders. They are a great resource to me as I live this thing called life. Above all, I have a Heavenly Father that offers me advice on a daily basis, words of wisdom that will never let me down! Keep your ears open for good advice in the ways of God, but also keep them open for false wisdom, and pray to God for discernment in telling the difference!

Something tells me I will be writing more about wisdom tomorrow. After all, we are talking about Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived on the Earth besides Jesus Christ himself. Until then, here’s hoping for wisdom as we journey together!

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