Day 129: Paving the way (1 Chronicles 22-24)

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God. But this word of the LORD came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would. May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. -1 Chronicles 22:6-13

You’ll have to excuse the simplistic illustration I chose for this entry. It’s a little “blah,” but I think it pretty much sums up the gist of what I’m going for here.

In the above passage, David was told by God that it was not he that would build the temple of the LORD, but his son, Solomon. In these verses, David sits his son down and has a heart-to-heart with him, encouraging him to live by God’s standards, build the temple as instructed and blessings will flow on him. It was a nice picture of David “the father.” It’s very clear in Scripture that David wasn’t a perfect man, but he was also the ultimate example of how to learn from your mistakes, and I’m sure David had more than enough credentials to speak to Solomon with experience to back him up!

Reading this passage tonight, it got me thinking about how much time we actually spend teaching, instructing and encouraging our children in the LORD. For all of you who know me, it’s no secret that I have a special place in my heart for children, and I spend time ministering to them at our church’s youth group. I don’t say this out of pride, but just to say that I think it critically important to have this outlet for our kids. But instruction doesn’t start at youth group. It starts at home.

Having a set routine in God’s Word established by parents is so important, I can’t even put it into words. This is the foundation of life we are talking about. The difference between right and wrong. The realization of who God is, what He did, and what He continues to do. What to do in certain situations. It’s all there, and so many times, I see kids in this world lacking that base of spiritual knowledge and application, and it breaks my heart.

Let me take a time out here, because I feel like I’m becoming a little too preachy. This isn’t my intent. I’m not a parent (yet). I do know that it is an extremely difficult, 24/7 job that can drive the most serene person insane. Sometimes, kids just don’t want to be taught. Sometimes, other circumstances get in the way. I may not be a parent, but I think I can still say that it is of the utmost importance that if you haven’t yet already, to take the time on a daily or routine basis, upon up the Bible, and start teaching! Start instructing in the ways of the LORD, start memorizing verses!

David prepared Solomon for his task. God clearly told David that his son was to be the one that would build the Temple. David, in turn, took his son and encouraged him in the LORD. “Do not be afraid or discouraged,” he says, with, I can imagine, I gentle pat on the shoulder. We aren’t going to be on this Earth forever, so whichever future generations God blesses us with, we are responsible to pass on everything we have learned, so they, in turn, can pass it on to others. Isn’t that the whole point?

This piece of encouragement may sound hollow coming from someone who hasn’t even had kids yet, but let me just say that if you haven’t already, it’s not too late to start! Sit down with your children, and share with them the wonders of God! You never know, it could be the start of something glorious!

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