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Instructions From a Dying King

Posted: Wednesday, June 7

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education

One Year Bible Reading Guide

1 Kings 2:1-3:2
Acts 5:1-42
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 16:25

Verse of the day:

“So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses.” (1 Kings 2:2-3 NIV)

 


Some are fortunate to share a meaningful, final conversation with a loved one before their death.  We have often heard accounts of Christ followers investing their final, precious moments to urge those closest to them to pursue a relationship with God. 



However, for many, these conversations do not happen.  An accident, tragedy or unexpected health failure prevents such an exchange.



Solomon was among the fortunate.  An ailing King David shared with his son what it would take to prosper as the new leader of Israel.  We benefit because David’s words are recorded in the Bible.  His instructions are to the point, profound and valuable for us today.


 
Nearing death, David tells Solomon to "be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses” (1 Kings 2:2-3 NIV).


 
The strength David is talking about has nothing to do with muscular build.  Godly strength is about character, not brawn.  He talking about being a person who is wise, trustworthy, generous, humble, kind and forgiving.  A spiritually strong man or woman believes that their way and God’s way should be the same thing.  It takes strength to be obedient to the ways of the Lord.



David and Solomon were flawed people.  So are we.  They both came up short in walking with obedience and keeping God’s commands.  So do we.


 
However, being obedient to God’s will and staying true to His moral standards is a life worth striving for.  David certainly thought so.  While we cannot change our past, we can be deliberate about making choices that honor our Heavenly Father as we move forward.