~The other day I highlighted something and I’ve been reading it every day since. It’s hard. It’s simple. It’s the wisest parental advice I’ve ever heard.
King David said it to his son, Solomon a long time ago, but it applies to me and you right here, right now.
David said: “My son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. So take this seriously. The LORD has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28
Parenting is hard, yes. Complicated? It doesn’t have to be. To break it down, David said something like this:
Ten Commandments For Parenting.
1) Know God intimately.
Like when you’re in love; think about Him all the time.
2) Worship & serve Him
Sink or swim, trust Him. Say to self: there’s only one God—and I’m not Him.
3) With your whole heart and willing mind.
Don’t worry about being perfect. Just be willing to want to do it right.
4) The Lord sees what’s inside.
Your thoughts are on His speaker phone.
5) He’s not hiding.
He wants you to find Him. If you’re looking—He’s showing.
6) If you reject Him—He will let you.
If you love something set if free. God is love.
7) This is serious.
8) You are chosen to build a Temple.
You are the temple. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NKJV)
9) Be strong.
Pray. Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.
Do your best. Leave the results to God.
David summarizes by saying:
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.”
Lord, thanks for making it simple. Now, help us to handle the hard and be the kind of folks you’d like us to be. Amen.