Tuesday, January 29, 2013



Read 1 Chronicles 22

     "Now, my son, the LORD be with you… build the house of the LORD your God, as He said you would. Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God." 1 Chronicles 22:11,19a NIV
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     One of the greatest desires of David's heart was to build a house of worship for God. But he was not permitted to build the temple, because he had been a man of war. Instead, Solomon would be the one to build it, according to God's specific instructions, in a time of peace. So David went about assembling materials and planning the work his son would do.
     When he was very old, and ready to hand the kingdom over to Solomon, David charged his son with the admonition to devote his heart and soul to the Lord, saying,
      “May the LORD give you discretion and understanding… you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” (1 Chronicles 22:12-13)
     Solomon's success as a king would be dependant on his relationship with God.
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     This is the same message all Christian parents should give to their sons and daughters: First and foremost, "love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30)     
     Lord, help us to communicate Your love to our children so that they will want to follow You.
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     "Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success" 1 Chronicles 22:11a NIV

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