The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel. - Proverbs 1:1 (NIV)
How does the wisest man on earth start his thoughts on life? Does he begin with his wealth? The keys to success? The time where he heard the voice of God in the temple? No, Solomon starts by telling the reader who he is! He owns his work by boldly connecting himself with a man many would be ashamed to call dad. Solomon begins with the ugly truth! He immediately proclaims his lineage: “the son of David, king of Israel!” It is a simple statement, yet with such profound implications.
You remember David, right? He had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba while her husband, Uriah, was serving at war. During their liaison a child was conceived, so David devised a scheme to cover up his actions. Because his “clever” plot was unsuccessful, David proceeded to orchestrate Uriah’s death. Sadly, that innocent baby paid the ultimate price for his parents’ sins yet opened the way for Solomon to become king. God chose David while in the fields as a shepherd boy. Yet, the success of his kingship and the blessings of God must have led David to believe that he was invincible. His acts, if committed today, would get him life in prison! However, David repented of his wrongdoings (see Psalm 51) and God in His mercy, allowed David to remain king. Not only that, his son, Solomon, inherited a throne filled with great peace as a result of David’s loving relationship with God.
Today, just as you are standing, or sitting, or listening on iTunes, honor those that will come after you by repenting of your wrongdoing. Right now, simply say, “God I did ________ and I’m sorry. Please forgive me!” David said, “God I did it! I was wrong, and I acknowledge my transgressions. Father, please heal and restore me! When you finish chastising me Lord, please help me to teach others so they won’t make the same mistake!” As an outgrowth of his prayer, God blessed Solomon and made him the wisest and most successful king in Israelite history. As you begin this daily journey, it would be appropriate to acknowledge where you are in your relationship with Him. Own up to it! Then, ask Him to forgive you! Not only will He forgive you, but He will also bless you and your descendants long after you’re gone. Spend time with the Lord today and watch how He transforms your life and those you love… One Day at a Time!