I attended church at different times growing up but I didn’t truly give my life to the Lord until I was in my mid twenties. By then I had made about a million mistakes and bad decisions.
While I understand the redeeming power of Christ and know without a doubt that my sins are wiped clean in God’s eyes – I have still worried at times if I will be able to raise my son with the wisdom of the Lord, when I have so many failings in my past.
I wonder if David felt the same way. His past was certainly full of bad decisions and mistakes. His story is one of adultery, corruption, and murder. How could a man who had done such evil ever hope to raise a child in the ways of the Lord?
But I look at Solomon and I am encouraged. The bible says that Solomon loved the Lord and followed all the decrees of his father, David. (1Kings 3:3) and when Solomon speaks of his father, he calls him honest, true, and faithful to the Lord (1Kings 3:6). If we only read the ugly parts of David’s story, that description seems unfitting. But thanks be to God, we are not defined by our mistakes. Our God is a god of restoration and our past mistakes do not disqualify us from raising our children in His ways.
Not only does God wipe away the sins of our past, He is there in our day-to-day parenting struggles as well. We are imperfect people and that makes us imperfect parents. But God fills in the gaps. When we rely on him in our weakness, our children will see the strength of his power. David was not afraid to rely on God and he modeled that dependence for Solomon.
“When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, 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…” 1 Kings 2:1-3
David’s life story is a rollercoaster but one thing is for certain: David knew the power of repentance and the depths of God’s grace and he taught those things to his son, Solomon. He gave him the most precious gift a father can give his children, a knowledge of the one true God.
Abundantly More – Knowing God and Making God Known.
Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:3-4