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Weekday devotionals for Christians

Takes One to Know One

1 Kings 15:3
And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.

1 Kings 11:3-9
(3) And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
(4) For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
(5) For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
(6) And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
(7) Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
(8) And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
(9) And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. What goes around comes around. These statements are familiar and they are so true to so many people. I am reminded of the devotional yesterday where Solomon married 300 wives. WOW! 300! If you know much about his father, King David; you know that his father married many women as well. He had many wives, although only eight of them are named. Of the eight, five are mentioned only once. The other three wives figure prominently in the story of King David. According to 2 Samuel 5:13, David married more wives in Jerusalem, but how many is unknown. These facts are not as widely known to us today, but they were very obvious and well known to his children.

And he walked in all the sins of his father

Is there any doubt now why Solomon married so many women? Especially with his dad being highly praised and decorated. So often, we as parents do not think that our sins are that big or that bad, but they really are! While many may not see our faults or sins, our children do! And they probably see them more clearly than we do. Such is the case with King David and King Solomon. David married many women. Without getting stuck in the weeds, that was sin, but David was still able to keep his heart loving the Lord and trusting the Lord. I personally cannot explain it, but the Bible points it out.

And he walked in all the sins of his father

The sins of the father definitely effected his son. And the issue that comes is that while David may have “handled it” (the sin of so many wives), his son Solomon couldn’t. Keep in mind that Solomon was the wisest human, outside of Jesus Christ, that walked this earth.

We as parents need to make sure that we are setting an example where we set the bar up high enough and live by it that we can say, “Do what I say AND what I do,” rather than making the statement, “Do what I say, not what I do.” That statement says 2 things: 1. I am a hypocrite. 2. I am not willing to do right, but you need to. I have never seen that work out correctly.

In closing, let’s make sure that our lives are the type that could be modeled to our children as they grow up. Let us be the example of how to live and overcome the difficult things in this world through Jesus!

What will your children learn from you?

May 14, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom

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