Legacy

 “Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, ‘My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.” 1 Chron. 22:6-7

King David set his heart on building a temple for God. However, because David had shed so much blood while preserving the peace of the nation of Israel, God would not allow David’s bloody hands to build His temple. Instead, God demanded that the temple must be built by David’s son, Solomon. David knew this and did what was necessary to pave the way for Solomon. How horrible it would have been for the nation of Israel if Solomon had not been adequately prepared.

Solomon was the beneficiary of David’s hard work. 1 Chronicles 22 and 23 describes how David assembled all of the necessary materials that his son would need to build the temple. David even went as far to put the right people into the right positions so that when Solomon took over everything that He needed would be ready for him to use and people would be ready to be used for the glory of God.

David, even the great King that he was, knew that Solomon would have a brighter future. Therefore, David did all he could to prepare the way for Solomon to take the throne.

As fathers, one of our biggest obligations is to prepare the way for our sons and daughters. Those with sons are obligated to make straight the crooked paths for them and model biblical manhood in every aspect for them. Those with daughters are also obligated to help them grow up to be beautiful God-fearing women who will marry God-fearing men.

We may not be leaving our children kingdoms but we will be leaving them the necessary tools to build a successful family and a successful relationship with their Lord. We should do all we can to leave them with the proper tools and people so that they will be prepared for the pitfalls of life.

What are you doing today to prepare your children for their calling in life?

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