As parents, we many times want to make life easy for our children. Sometimes, in doing so, we don’t allow them to grow up and learn from the things they do, and so gain wisdom and strength in doing them. David had been told by God that his son Solomon was the one to build the temple. He said, “But my son Solomon is young. He hasn’t yet learned what he needs to know, so I will prepare for the building of it.” So he got the needed materials gathered and ready for Solomon to do the work on the temple.
These are the things he then told Solomon as he began the work: He first must ask the Lord to give him wisdom and understanding so that he would be able to obey the Lord. And beyond understanding, he must obey the Lord. And finally, he said to be strong and brave. These are good words for us to say to our children, and to pray for our children.
Father, I so love my children and grandchildren! It would easy for me to do more than I should in trying to shield them from life. So, instead, I will pray for them to have wisdom and understanding so that they will obey You. I ask You to help them to be strong and brave as they walk out the life You have given them. AMEN
I will thank You, Lord, because You are good. Your love continues forever. To be wise, I will remember all You have done, and rejoice in Your love. Psalm 107
David's Words to Solomon
11 David said, “Now, my son, may the LORD be with you. May you build a temple for the LORD your God, as he said you would. 12 He will make you the king of Israel. May the LORD give you wisdom and understanding so you will be able to obey the teachings of the LORD your God. 13 Be careful to obey the rules and laws the LORD gave Moses for Israel. If you obey them, you will have success. Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. 14 “Solomon, I have worked hard getting many of the materials for building the Temple of the LORD. I have supplied about seven and one-half million pounds of gold, about seventy-five million pounds of silver, so much bronze and iron it cannot be weighed, and wood and stone. You may add to them. 15 You have many workmen—stonecutters, bricklayers, carpenters, and people skilled in every kind of work. 16 They are skilled in working with gold, silver, bronze, and iron. You have more craftsmen than can be counted. Now begin the work, and may the LORD be with you.” (1 Chronicles 22:11-16 NCV)
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