1 Kings 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
Imagine if you will, that your life is coming to an end. You have one last chance to boil all of life’s wisdom down into on short statement. What you say may not only impact your immediate family after you’re gone, but generations of people. What words of wisdom will you give to those you leave behind. Will it be about managing their finances? Could it be advice on maintaining good relationships? This must be your best, your most brilliant advice. What are you going to say?
David has come to the end of his life. He is passing the kingdom to his son, Solomon. He needs to give him advice that will serve him well as a father, husband, a leader, and man of God. What has David learned, and what will he share? He gives Solomon these few things to do. David says; “walk in his ways,” which simply means, Follow God’s Lead. Let God direct your life. Next was; “keep his statutes,” or in other words, Keep God’s Appointments. God has set up some things a man should do, do them. He also said to keep; “his commandments,” which is simply to, Obey God’s Rules. A person needs order in life and God has set that up for us if we’ll just obey Him. David also shared that he should trust in; ”his judgments”. Which is obvious, Trust God’s Judgments, as He’s never wrong. Finally believe; “his testimonies.” Listen to God’s Word, and learn from the past. David says if you will do these things, you will have a great life. Brilliant words from a father.
This is still brilliant advice for all of us to follow today. We should Follow God’s Lead, Keep God’s Appointments, Obey God’s Rules, Trust God’s Judgments, and Listen to God’s Word. What a blessed life we might have if we followed David’s advice.
Does this sound like brilliant advice?
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