DAY 1: Solomon Becomes King
If you were dying and had one final conversation with your children, what would you say? Similarly, if one of your parents was about to die and they were able to have one final conversation with you, what would expect them to say?
This is the situation in which David finds himself late in life. As he’s old and dying, he learns that one of his sons, Adonijah, has claimed the throne and declared himself king. Politically speaking, it made sense for Adonijah to take this step. But he took it without talking with his father, David. While we may not know for certain, it’s quite possible David had already told his sons who would be king after his death.
As soon as David hears the news, he calls for his son Solomon. He tells his son in 1 Kings:2-3, “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.”
As you read today, consider this: In what ways would your final words to your child/children be similar? In what ways would they be different?
READING & JOURNALING:
In what ways would your final words to your child/children be similar to David’s final words to Solomon? In what ways would they be different?
David also shared some harsh words about his enemies. This was to ensure those opposing God and the king of Israel would not interfere with God’s plan (see also Exodus 22:28). What are some things that may be interfering with God’s plans for your life? What steps can you take to eliminate them?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 27 & 28
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, I recognize there are many things that try to interfere with Your plans for my life, and I confess I sometimes allow them to interfere. Today, may I remember that Your plans for my life are better than any plans I may make myself. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.