Proverbs 4:3-4 “For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.”
The transfer from the love of an earthly father to the Heavenly Father is a seemingly delicate process. Every one of us must, at some point in our life, make that shift, but, the way to get there is often clouded and unclear.
Unless we really look for it.
Here, we read of Solomon testifying about his father, David. He tells us how David made sure Solomon knew where to go for wisdom, what to do with it when you received it and how precious it was when you possess it.
David describes wisdom’s importance:
Proverbs 4:7-9 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”
David taught two essential lessons before we come to this place – be teachable and obedient. By this time, David had overcome the shame and guilt over the murder of Uriah. He lived through the humiliation of having his sin exposed to the whole nation of Israel.
Many never recover from a blow such as that. But, David not only recovered but taught Solomon to seek the very thing that saw him through – God’s wisdom.
I do not wish this to be a lesson or sermon on wisdom, but more thoughts on the interaction between David and Solomon and the fruit of their relationship.
Love sees beyond what others won’t forgive.
That was true in Solomon’s case. I believe he loved his father. Others, like Shimei, jeered David and cast stones at him when he fled from his son, Absalom’s uprising could only criticize.
I guess it can be said that we should not let the wounds we sustain define who we are or who we will become. It has to be a conscious choice to rise above it all, and love as God commands us.
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
I believe David taught that type of love to Solomon.
As Father’s Day approaches, I cannot help but think back to a year ago when my Dad was still among us. I think of the mercy God showed in allowing my brother and sisters to all travel to Cape Hatteras, NC for a week of sun, surf, and fishing.
I’ll say more tomorrow, but the musings today have been the fond memories of teaching moments between my Dad and me.
Too often we measure a man by one moment, or one choice when their life is so much more than that. We form opinions about someone based on the actions of a day, or a short time.
God saw my whole life from beginning to end and said, “I love Paul! I love you enough to send my Son to die for your sins and redeem you unto Myself.”
How can we resist so great a love?!