Fathers always leave a legacy for their children. We do it by word and deed - sometimes consciously and through careful planning. 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 three legacies:
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 only comes from God. Having God’s strength would enable Solomon 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 – keep the charge - to always follow God’s Laws. It is important to gain knowledge, but knowledge without God’s wisdom is foolishness!
The legacy of conduct. “Keep His statutes.” Godly courage is built on convictions that flow from God’s Word which result in godly conduct. Godly conduct is a witness of the love and grace of God without 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 godly legacies for our children. May we leave them legacies that are consistent with Your teachings, are established in Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: 1 Kings 2:1-4 Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.