January 04, 2017
Headed in the Right Direction
1 Kings 15:3-5 (KJB) And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. 4 Nevertheless for David’s sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: 5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
I am sure you have often heard the saying “like father like son, inferring that as a father lives so shall his son also live. Certainly, this is not the case in every father and son relationship. Take King David as an example he was considered a man with a heart for God but this was not the case in the life of his son Abijam whose heart was turned away from things of God.
A promise from God is a sure promise and thus “Nevertheless for David’s sake…” was recorded in scripture. God kept His Word by sustaining David’s offspring upon the throne of an earthly reign. Not all his sons had God written on their heart as David did.
Certainly, you understand that David did not live a perfectly righteous life but his direction was always moving towards God rather than running away from things of God.
These verses show us how important it is to apply God’s teachings and commandments to our own lives, leave a spiritual testimony for the next generation, and trust in the proven fact that mankind can count on promises of God.