Fathers always leave a legacy for their children. We do it by word and deed - sometimes consciously. Other times we do it without being aware of what we leave as their inheritance. In preparing to leave the throne to his son, Solomon, David gave him the following legacy: The legacy of courage. “Be strong, prove yourself a man.” David knew his son would face difficult times and wanted him to have the strength that comes only from God. Having God’s strength would enable Him to serve the Lord faithfully and fully.
The legacy of conviction. “Keep the charge of the Lord your God.” Here David is advising Solomon to be a man of the Book - to always follow God’s Laws. It is important to gain knowledge, but knowledge without wisdom that comes from God is foolishness.
The legacy of conduct. “Keep His statutes.” A godly courage that is built on convictions flowing from God’s Word results in godly conduct. Godly conduct is a witness of the love and grace of God without our ever saying a word. Through us, people see God in action.
Our legacy lives forever in our children’s lives. What legacy are you leaving yours?
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be fathers who leave a godly legacy for our children to follow and honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Kings 2:1-4 And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn;