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Friday, May 4, 2012

Fathers Knows Best

1 Chronicles 26:1 thru 28:21

If you are just joining in, we are reading through the One Year Chronological Bible.  I invite you to read along with us! More info can be found here.

David is nearing the end of his life and is getting everything in order for the building of the house where the Ark of the Covenant will reside.

He gives Solomon all the plans for the temple along with some fatherly advice that we all can use.

1 Chronicles 28:9-10

And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately...

David did not just instruct him to read about God, find out all he can about God, he told him to get to know God... intimately.  To know someone intimately you have to spend time with them.  So in essence, David is encouraging his son to take time to cultivate his relationship with God.

Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind...   

David learned the lesson of having a divided heart and wondering mind.  He lived with the repercussions most of his life and is trying to spare his son of the same fate.  And David knows not just any ole heart will do. 

It has to be a whole heart.

For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought...

My husband and I have said to each other many times, You think I can read your mind? when we expect the other one to do what we want without any verbal instruction.  We usually laugh when we realize we expected one another to have godlike powers.

But God does have Godlike powers and can read our minds.  We can never pull a fast one on Him and He knows our every intention for every action.  He knows whether or not we are making our own plans or listening for His. 

After many bad plans David knew God's were best.  Father always knows best.

If you seek Him, you will find Him...

David was a man after God's own heart.  What I love about him is that he sought God when he was doing what was right and sought him even harder when he had done something very wrong.

He knew no matter what, when he sought God he was going to find God.  I love that God does not play hide and seek with us.  But, He will wait for us to draw near first, in our good times and especially in our bad times.

But if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever...

David witnessed firsthand with Saul what happens when you turn away from God... death and destruction.

Spiritual living does not come naturally, sin does.

Oh the things David would do differently if only he had a chance.  If Solomon will take these words of wisdom, hide them in is heart, maybe he won't have the same regrets as his father.

Or will he?

We’ll have to stay tuned to see.

I pray today that we will take the words David spoke to his son and let them guide our every move.

A life with no regrets, that's a life for all who seek God with a whole, undivided heart and willing mind.

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