Journal Entry by Geoff Allen

S – 1 Kings 2:1-4 (The Message)
When David’s time to die approached, he charged his son Solomon, saying, “I’m about to go the way of all the earth, but you—be strong; show what you’re made of!   Do what GOD tells you.  Walk in the paths he shows you: Follow the life-map absolutely, keep an eye out for the signposts, his course for life set out in the revelation to Moses; then you’ll get on well in whatever you do and wherever you go.  Then GOD will confirm what he promised me when he said, ‘If your sons watch their step, staying true to me heart and soul, you’ll always have a successor on Israel’s throne. 

O – Observation
These are the instructions to Solomon from his father King David at the end of his life.   I think David knew only too well the burdens of leadership and knew that Solomon needed to be strong and courageous; but so much of that and his future depended on his relationship with God.

A – Application  
Ever felt weak and in a position where you don’t know if you can go on and feel all done in.   This for me is when I have been relying on me and let my relationship with Jesus take second place.   It’s through my relationship with Him that I know I can face the next hour, today, and tomorrow.   I love it that David instructs his son to be strong and reminds him of the importance of a close relationship with God and that is so readily available to us through Jesus and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. 

P – Prayer
Thank you for the reminder today of the importance of getting to know you and that I need to intentionally and with purpose be developing a personal relationship with you all the time; to have the courage and strength that I need to meet the many challenges in my life and to know and follow the path you have set out for me. 

Journal Entry: Geoff Allen