Casting Vision to our Children
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Chronicles 22-24; 1 Thessalonians 3
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Chronicles 22:5-19
In the final few books of 1 Chronicles, we read all about the preparations David made for the building of the temple. David originally wanted to build the temple himself, but God stopped him. God had a different plan in mind and wanted David’s son Solomon to build the temple of the Lord. Before his death, however, David began making the preparations necessary for the job. He gathered the funds and supplies that would be needed, found the right craftsmen, planned the administration, and took steps to arrange the worship services. The most important preparation he made, however, was not in laying out the construction or the division of duties. His most important contribution to the job was the vision for the temple he cast with his son Solomon. In today’s key verse, David calls his son to him and tells him all about the vision for his life. In verses 7-10 we read, “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.’” Imagine how memorable this conversation must have been for Solomon, as his father took the time to cast vision to him about God.
One of the most important things we can do as parents is casting vision to our kids about God. Most of us likely do not have as specific a vision for our children as David did, but we certainly all have a vision to share with them. It is a vision of loving God with all of their hearts, souls, and minds. It is a vision of loving their neighbors as themselves. It is a vision of serving an all-powerful and loving God every day of their lives. As much as we would like to, we cannot guarantee our children’s salvation. Each of them must make their own personal choice to accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of their lives. As parents, though, how we live and what we teach our children can play a HUGE role in how they develop. The time we spend with them now casting vision, the prayers we pray with them and for them, and the way they see us interacting with others can all help a child grow into a Godly adult. As we discussed a couple of days ago, we are all called to make disciples. As parents, that job begins at home.
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Posted on May 14, 2013, in 13 - 1 Chronicles and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, Family, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.