Nevertheless, for David’s sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem, because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
(1 Kings 15:4-5 ESV)
My son turns 21 today. Society says he can now legally drink and buy lottery tickets. His mother hopes he won’t waste his grey matter and limited college budget on either.
1 Kings 15 is about the kings of Judah. In 3 out of the 4 mentioned, they all did evil in the eyes of the Lord. David has been dead for a long time but God still honored him. I find that astounding. Even though his sons did evil, for David’s sake, the Lord was merciful. I’m glad of that because parenting is hard!
Last week I was in Proverbs and I came upon a verse in chapter 27 regarding tending to a fig tree. I read Matthew Henry’s commentary and read it from the perspective of a parent.
This is designed to encourage diligence, faithfulness, and constancy, even in mean employments. Though the calling be laborious and despicable, yet those who keep to it will find there is something to be got by it. 1. Let not a poor gardener, who keeps the fig-tree, be discouraged; though it require constant care and attendance to nurse up fig-trees, and, when they have grown to maturity, to keep them in good order, and gather the figs in their season, yet he shall be paid for his pains: He shall eat the fruit of it, 1 Co. 9:7. 2. Nay, let not a poor servant think himself incapable of thriving and being preferred; for if he be diligent in waiting on his master, observant of him and obedient to him, if he keep his master (so the word is), if he do all he can for the securing of his person and reputation and take care that his estate be not wasted or damaged, such a one shall be honoured, shall not only get a good word, but be preferred and rewarded. God is a Master who has engaged to put an honour on those that serve him faithfully,Jn. 12:26.
I don’t know what kind of prayers King David offered on behalf of his children. But I know God heard him. Mine can be summed up in these verses from Colossians 1:9-10: …Asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. I hope God hears me, too. That when I’m long gone and my future grandchildren find themselves in the wrong path, that it can be said: Nevertheless, for G&P’s sake the Lord her God will have mercy on them because she did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
I may not make the mark all the time but I’m trying.
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]