March 10, 2015

Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 22

Then Solomon said, “You have shown great loving-kindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great loving-kindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

Solomon (1 Kings 1:3:6-9)

Above is the prayer of Solomon when he took over the throne of his father David. Solomon was believed to have been in his teenage years when he took over the throne. Often we focus in on how wise and humble this prayer was of Solomon especially at such a young age. To that I would say yes it is amazing. There is no way I would have prayed for wisdom at that age. I would have asked God to bless my kingdom and make my army strong and stuff like that. However, something that isn’t discussed as much is how Solomon was smart enough to ask God for wisdom?

That brings us to our passage today. Look at verses 6-16, David gives Solomon the charge to build the temple. Now I think there are some very important principles to pull from today’s passage. 

1. Discipleship matters!
a. Listen Dads; our words and our example matter to our children and the future of their spiritual growth. 
b. It is our job, Dad & Mom, to disciple our own kids. If you don’t know how, ask our staff and we will gladly help you. 
c. Christians, we need to be spiritual fathers and disciplers for those who do not have a believing father. 
i. We need to teach our children the word of God. David reminded Solomon of the promises of God (v.9-10).
2. Fathers & Mothers: we have the ability and mandate to speak life into our children. 
a. If we tell our children they can’t do something then they probably won’t. But if we fan the flames of their faith then there is no telling what they will do for the kingdom of God. 
b. Ephesians 4:29 should be our heartbeat as parents. 
3. Christians: we need to encourage one another in the same way.
a. If you are like me, you don’t have a father who is a believer and I was privileged to have godly men speak into my life and disciple me. It is a great privilege for me to give back and disciple other men. Ladies, this goes for you as well. We should build up one another and spur each other on in the faith (Hebrews 10:24).
Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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