Death Bed Direction from David to Solomon on the Path to Prosperity
1 Kings 2 When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, 3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. 4 Then the Lord will establish his word that he spoke concerning me: ‘If your heirs take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you a successor on the throne of Israel.’ 
One of most powerful stories in the Bible is the image of a dying, 70 year old King David, with Bathsheba, his lover become wife, and their son, Solomon. In the 2nd chapter of 1Kings, David shares two remarkable things with Solomon. First, he tells Solomon to be strong, courageous and faithful to God, that he might prosper, “In all that you do and wherever you turn.” Next, in verses 5-9, David essentially gives Solomon a, “Hit list” of a handful of people who gave him grief in his lifetime, whom he warnded that if he did not get them out of the way, they would be an impediment to his leadership.
5 “Moreover you know also what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me, how he dealt with the two commanders of the armies of Israel, Abner son of Ner, and Amasa son of Jether, whom he murdered, retaliating in time of peace for blood that had been shed in war, and putting the blood of war on the belt around his waist, and on the sandals on his feet. 6 Act therefore according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace. 7 Deal loyally, however, with the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table; for with such loyalty they met me when I fled from your brother Absalom. 8 There is also with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, who cursed me with a terrible curse on the day when I went to Mahanaim; but when he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord, ‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’ 9 Therefore do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; you will know what you ought to do to him, and you must bring his gray head down with blood to Sheol.” (1 Kings 5-9)
Even in this pandemic, there are opportunities to prosper. Often, our thoughts of prosperity center on financial prosperity, but there are other ways to prosper. In addition to money, another form of prosperity is through our relationships. Still another dimension of prosperity is physical – our physical strength and capabilities.
But for today, I want to center on our spiritual discipline as a path to prosper. David commands Solomon to discipline himself in his adherence to the Law of Moses. Many people today act as though they do not realize that by simply following the law of God, they will receive favor and blesings without end. I encourage you to follow the direction of David and follow the Law of God. If you make an effort to follow the Law of God, God will bless you, keep you, and cause you to prosper in all you do! Thank you for reading. If it means something to you, please share with a friend or someone you believe might find it meaningful. Blessings,
Questions for Reflection:
Prayer: Your Word, Lord, is my direction! Your Spirit is my illumination. Your blessing is my inspiration. Keep me in your peace. Keep me in your grace. Bless me and keep me always in your love. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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