David announced his God to his son Solomon. He showed him the secret of his success and urged him to walk the same road he walked before God. He said, “Know thou the God of thy father.” He did not say, “My son, I have 500 acres of land in Samaria, and 800,000 sheep”. That was not the priority. He first announced to him his God. He knew that riches, wealth, fame and all are no surety for a great future but that a strong relationship with God was the only thing that would make Solomon safe.
David first charged Solomon to walk in the way of the Lord and to do His bidding. As far as David was concerned, Solomon’s success was going to be achieved in obedience to the will of God and pleasing Him. Solomon serving God was more important to David than avenging those who did him wrong or those who erred. Abraham as well handed over his legacy in God to his son Isaac. He ensured that he did not marry from Canaan as the Lord had charged. He wanted the relationship he enjoyed with God to continue with his son; what a good father!
If you look at Elijah as well, he introduced God to Elisha. Little wonder Elisha, before parting the water said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” Gehazi missed it in his own time. He did not know the God of his father. He was more interested in the luxury of being a prophet and being around a prophet than knowing the God of the prophet. What are your children looking at in you, your God or your fashion?
The commitment of God to Abraham was on the basis of God being sure that Abraham was going to teach his children after him to follow the Lord. God wants you to tell your children about Him. He wants you to show your God to them. Your life should announce your God and not just your word. If you are a careless father that lives and talks anyhow before your children, you are not giving them a good example to follow. Let your children be able to trace the acts of God in your life. When they read the Scriptures, let them see the God you are following.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that my life and words will be a sweet aroma of Christ showing God to my world and seeds after me in Jesus’ name. Amen.