“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go

– 1 Kings 2:2-3 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

As David is on his deathbed, notice what he says to Solomon: “show yourself a man”. This is not based upon Solomon’s taking up the sword or being a shrewd king. David based his measure of a man upon how well Solomon could observe what the Lord his God required. When a man (or woman) follows after the Lord wholeheartedly, the journey ahead is so challenging that it will require both courage and wisdom. David knew that God would be far more adept than any human teacher to equip his earthly son with the skill sets for success. If it was good enough for Solomon, how about us? Are we willing to walk in His ways?

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