Rightfully King | Investing
Currently, my morning devotion is journeying through 1 Chronicles. 1 Chronicles 29 is about David turning over the crown to his son Solomon. One of the things that struck me about this part of the Bible was the conversation that David had with God about the temple. We’ve all been told that David was a man after God’s own heart. David was singled out to be the King of Israel despite having a bunch of other brothers to choose from. David killed Goliath when all the other men didn’t even want to make eye contact with the giant.
David went on to become the King of Israel and conquered many lands and people. So when I read the Bible for the first time, I thought David would have been the natural person to build God’s temple. But God had other plans. In 1 Chronicles 28, God told David, “You may not build a house in my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.”
Investing through Parenting
If you are like me, you probably thought, “Well God called David to do all of that and more in His name.” Why did that disqualify David from building God’s House? God used David as he saw fit and would go on to use Solomon to do great things. Whenever someone thinks of King Solomon, people usually think of “Wise King Solomon.” I believe before Solomon asked God for wisdom above all things, he got some great advice from his Dad.
“When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, 3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4 that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’” — 1 Kings 2:1-44
God’s Plan For Parenting
We are not all called to do the same thing, but we are all called to do something. David and Solomon are excellent examples of two men of God that embraced their calling from God. Didn’t always get it right, but was able to get right with God and continue to do His will.
I know I want my sons to be ten times the man I’ll ever be, but they are going to have to earn it. I’m not done, and I’m going to be doing the Father’s work. I’m leaning into the ministries that He has called me to and doing it for His Glory.
But there will come a day where my sons will take over the business (Studio490 & Uncommen), and God will use them in a mighty way. I pray that I’ve done what I was called to do and I pray that I send my sons off to God’s calling in the same fashion David did.
Takeaway: The lesson here is to be investing, teaching, challenging, supporting, encouraging your children as God has plans for them. Those plans may be different than what you were called to do, and that is okay.
About the Author: Tj Todd is the President of Studio490 Creative Services and Uncommen.