Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pass It On

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Can you imagine receiving a $4 million dollar inheritance? Me neither! But that’s the inheritance left by the widow of Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) to her dogs! It’s really a paltry sum compared to the $80 million Carlotta Liebenstein left to her German Shepherd. 

I’m getting up in years and have recently been thinking about what I can leave to my family when I am gone. It strikes me that the best thing I can pass on doesn’t necessarily involve a hefty sum of money, but rather the testimony of a life that has been tested and tried, yet remained standing — the assurance of God’s presence and strength in the crucible of life. 

King David’s journey from Jesse’s sheep pens to the palace was a circuitous one. One day, he was holding a giant’s head in his hand and welcomed as a hero; and the next day, he was dodging the spear of King Saul and running for his life. He was many things: a victorious general, a king,  an adulterer and accessory to murder, a man after God’s own heart. And during his lifetime, David learned a lot about himself, but more importantly, a lot about his God. And that’s what he wanted to pass down to His son Solomon, not as a Scripture “promise” packet, but the real Word of God experienced in real life. 

Maybe you haven’t gotten there yet, but one day, you’ll ponder what you will pass on to your heirs. Here’s a thought: Share your confidence that God will guide, guard, and deliver them safely home regardless the tough terrain of life. Make sure the truth in your head is passed on with the passion of your heart.

Then David said to Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God - my God - is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished. 1 Chronicles 28.20

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