And keep the charge of the Lord your God; to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. 1 Kings 2:3
King David loved his son and wished for him the best life possible. David left Solomon his treasury, his army, his palace, and his name. David did everything humanly possible to ensure that his son enjoyed a prosperous rule as his successor. But David knew what the key to his son’s success would ultimately be. It would lie in Solomon’s loyalty to God’s word.
God never promises to bless His children unconditionally. He will not shower us with blessings while we are living in defiance of His commandments. David understood this. He had felt the pain of being out of fellowship with God. He had suffered the grievous consequences of breaking God’s commandments. He certainly did not want his son to suffer the way he had. Over David’s long life, he had learned that when he sinned, his life was extremely vulnerable. But when he walked closely with God, he was unbeatable. So he urged his son to embrace the path to success and divine blessing.
The key for Solomon is the same secret to our success. Leading and living God’s way leads to blessing. Choosing our own way inevitably results in heartache. How faithfully have you been living, God’s way?