Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Passing the Torch

1Kings 2:2-3
2"I am about to go the way of all the earth," he said. "So be strong, show yourself a man, 3and 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,

King David was about to die and God had chosen Solomon to carry on the throne. What a privilege for Solomon but also a huge task. King David had served God and the people with a loving heart. David gave Solomon not only encouragement but also very stern advice that was not really a suggestion but rather a necessity in order for him to succeed in his reign.  It was in verse four that David said to Solomon that by him keeping his advice, God would keep the promise He made to David. What a weight to carry!  Solomon had a lot to lose. Passing on the torch of leadership wasn't just about passing on a title. It was about passing on a way of life and service. There were many kings who didn't follow any of the advice David provided. Did Solomon follow David's advice? In part but not whole. And the only reason the kingdom was not completely torn from their family line was because God remembered the promise He made to David and refused to break it based on the idolatry and lust of Solomon. When parents raise their children and release them into the world, the hope, in most cases, is that they will do better, be better and have more. As much as Solomon had in the way of riches and wisdom, he failed in some areas and he started a trend of unfaithfulness to God. Did Solomon intend to? No. He just thought he could handle what he was doing. Parenthood doesn't come with an exact book of instructions unless based in the Word of God. Leadership comes with some instruction but again, to be a servant leader, based on the Word of God as David advised. How are you passing on the torch? Whether you are a parent or leader, you are still passing on something. So what is it? Are you giving the advice like David, or is your example going to show itself in the next few generations like that after Solomon's? It is not easy and one only hopes that ears and hearts receive but what are they receiving? Are you passing on the torch based on the Word of God?

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