“As for me, I am going the way of all of the earth. Be strong and brave, and keep your obligation to the Lord your God to walk in His ways and to keep His statutes, commandments, judgments, and testimonies. This is written in the law of Moses, so that you will have success in everything you do and wherever you turn.”–1 Kings 2:2-3
Coaches want to tell their athletes exactly what needs to be done and have confidence they’ll do it. Athletes want coaches to be direct. They want to know exactly what play to run. They don’t want surprises. Knowing exactly what is expected is how athletes focus on what they have to do.
David gave Solomon this kind of direction in 1 Kings. David knew his time on earth was almost up. He knew Solomon would need to focus in order to prepare for what was coming. David gave Solomon very direct expectations for his life.
We can take these same directions and apply them to our lives today. When we take “Coach” David’s to-do list and apply it to our lives, we will have the focus we need to succeed in the game of life.
1. Which task listed in 1 Kings 2:2-3 is your strength?
2. Which is your weakness?
3. How can you capitalize on that strength?
Joshua 23:14; 2 Samuel 7:28-29; 1 Chronicles 22:13; 28:7
Father, give me the strength to keep Your laws. Take my life and use it to establish Your kingdom. Let my life be a living sacrifice to You. When the people of the world see this life, let them ask what makes it different from their own. Please, Lord, give me the tools to be fruitful and kingdom-minded today. Give me the focus needed to do Your work. Amen.