The greatest heritage a parent can pass on to their children and mature leaders can pass on to younger leaders is found in today’s passage. It does not involve a hefty inheritance or the corner office. It’s not in a will or a succession plan. It comes from the life of one who has been tested and tried and has remained standing. The greatest thing that can be passed along is the assurance of God’s presence and strength from those who have truly experienced both. Here’s what David desired to pass on to his son.
1 Chronicles 28:20
Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God even my God, is with you He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”
David’s journey from the sheep pens to the palace took many rocky, winding roads. One minute, David held Goliath’s head and was welcomed as a hero; the next minute, he was dodging a jealous king’s spear and running for his life. In his decade as a fugitive, David learned much about himself and more about God. Now he passed that knowledge to his son, not as verses from his Scripture Memory Packet, but as God’s Word experienced in real life.
What do you have to pass on to those who follow?
- Ask God to help you evaluate what you are passing on to the next generation.
- Ask God to help you live today so you have something to pass on tomorrow.
Father, please help us not to be only hearers of the Word, but doers as well. Help us follow you on rocky and winding roads, so we will know that you are a Guide who delivers us home regardless of the tough terrain. Help us to share more than just words with those who follow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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