However, for your father David’s sake I will not do this while you are alive. I will tear it away from your son’s hand instead. — 1 Kgs 11:12 NET
In this Word of God, we have a double illustration of the way our lives cast shadows. A godly man transmits blessings to his children; and godless man robs his children of blessings that ought to be theirs. David’s godly life kept from Solomon, the visitation of the full consequences of Solomon’s sin.
There are many of us who are enjoying blessings, which have come through the faithfulness of our fathers. But there are many who, like Solomon, live so as to rob their children of the honors and privileges which they ought to transmit to them.
Solomon’s son did not get the kingdom of all Israel. He received but a fragment of it, and it was his father’s fault that the kingdom was divided. The man who by indolence or extravagance wastes the fortune which God has given him, and transmits poverty or beggary to his children, is guilty of a like sin. Still more guilty is he who by wrong or shameful living, brings dishonor upon his own name, and thus bequeaths a heritage of dishonor to his descendants. It is not merely our own life which is affected by our conduct; we are so tied up in bundles that others are made or unmade, by our making or unmaking of ourselves. We are under the most sacred obligations to live worthily, so that we hurt not–but bless those coming after us.
Daily Comfort - June 11
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