Keeping the Charge
And keep the charge of the Lordyour God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, 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… - 1 Kings 2:3
David passed on to Solomon a serious charge––he must shoulder the responsibility, to govern as the new King of Israel, in accordance to what was written in the Law of Moses. I am sure David wanted Solomon to learn from his father’s many mistakes. He desired to see his son succeed; in his life he must keep the charge of God.
A similar charge was given by the LORD to Joshua––Moses’ successor. The Lord had said to him:
…be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go (Joshua 1:7).
Joshua’s success hinged on his obedience to God’s Word:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success(Joshua 1:8).
It is important to understand that we can have a successful Christian life if we keep a disciplined devotional life. Christians need to be in the Word daily––early in the morning and before they go to sleep. The Word of God will transform their lives. God’s will––His plans for their lives, will succeed.
…And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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