Doesn’t matter if you are an empty nester (full or partial), a mom and dad of fully grown adults, or newbies with a newborn, (or you have rebound kids), or (you fill in the circumstance)…, you have to remember the lyrics of THE WHO song: “The Kids are Alright!”
Yes. GOD-WILLING (and He IS) the kids will be ALRIGHT. Whew! Put everything in His capable Hands.
How can we instruct our kids to trust in the Lord, to do the best they can, and to pay attention to dangers etc etc? Or blessings? MODEL THAT GOD-TRUSTING BEHAVIOR OURSELVES. Give Him credit too when He pulls you out of something sketchy or puts you into something good.
God-fearing and God-trusting. God-providing.
We can be instructed by successes and failures of King David. He was on and off-track many times like us, but always returned to remembering God was in control. King David realized that his son King Solomon would have to pick up not just the family name but the commitment to SERVE GOD for GOD’S SAKE and the sake of the people. Us too.
We teach and correct our children (and sometimes our parents) and how often do we wonder: “Am I doing too much?” OR “Am I not doing enough?” “Will everything be alright?”… In ALL cases, we have to trust more than just our gut, or peer pressure, but TRUST GOD. There is no one more ABLE than God to provide. (And He DOES provide you to help your kids too). “You are not the blessing, He is” is what I heard once – don’t take credit – take advice from Him.
King David was willing to build God a really good temple for placement of the Ark of the Covenant, but God said no. David did the next best thing he felt he could do: 1) tell his son Solomon to listen to and trust in God and 2) supply tons of supplies!
David provided – maybe he couldn’t help himself just after seeing God’s MERCY in stopping an angel with a sword punishing David’s people – and David wanted to provide a temple because he wanted God to have the BEST. God said “have I ever asked anyone for a house or temple for the ark”… NO… But because David thought his son Solomon was inexperienced, he ordered the supplies and set Solomon off on the best foot. He advised him: “now begin the work, and the Lord be with you” – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” – “May the Lord give you discretion and understanding.” We ask this for our children too. Set them up for success and then appreciate God’s gift of rest.
God blessed Solomon greatly, especially with wisdom. David did his best, God did the rest.
God has told us even better NEWS, thru His prophets, that God would build the KINGDOM HOUSE (not just a temorary temple), and provide the SON, a real and permanent King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Name above all names. Knowing this, how can we not appreciate God’s provisions. He say we will be alright too! We are His children.
God’s got this. God’s kids (us) will be alright.
1 Chronicles 22
Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”
Preparations for the Temple
So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.
He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.
David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.
Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
“Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
“I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them. You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.”
Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon. He said to them, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the Lord and to his people. Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.”