2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, 3 and observe what the Lord your God requires…” -1 Kings 2:2-3
When David gave the kingdom to his son Solomon, he left him with bold words. Three key commands were presented that are worthy of our attention:
“Be strong”: Successful leadership requires strength. This includes physical, spiritual, and mental toughness that will help a leader endure times of challenge and difficulty.
“Act like a man”: This one is for the the fellows, but makes sense in the context of David speaking to his son. By acting like a man, he had in mind that Solomon couldn’t run the kingdom acting childish, but would need to show maturity and responsibility.
“Observe what the Lord your God requires”: Endurance and responsibility can take a person far, but not far enough. None of us is good enough on our own. We need God. Further, we not only need God; we also need to apply his wisdom in every area of life to fulfill his calling for us.
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