Summary: What does this mean for us during change? This morning I would like to talk about some elements of change and see why a discerning heart is necessary during change.
A Discerning Heart
You are at work one day and HR calls a meeting and once everyone arrives, shares the news that half of the company is being let go because the company got bought out. Sorry. You don’t know if you are in the half with a job or the half without a job.
You head for your annual physical which happens every three years or so and your doctor tells you that your labs came back and you have a medical condition which requires you to change your lifestyle. Foods have to be different. Treatment is painful and costly. That is what life is now.
You and your spouse are heading for retirement and knocking off items off the bucket list when your father becomes ill. You decide to take your father into your home and be his caregiver. You now have no extra time. You get less sleep. All extra money is gone. Your bucket list gets left undone as do all your plans and dreams. A whole lot of change has occurred and life is not going as you expected.
You have four children and each of them have lives of their own. One is having a baby for the first time. One is seeking to change jobs. One is trying to get themselves clean from drugs. One is thinking of moving to the other side of the country to follow a pie-in-the-sky dream. So many changes on the horizon for people that you love and they all ask for your advice.
SOLOMON AND CHANGE
The passage of Scripture that we will look at today has a lot of change in the background. 1 Kings 1 shares with us that “King David was old and well advanced in years” (1:1) and his children began to fight over who would become king after him. King David had chosen his son Solomon to become king, but there were other sons who wished for the authority of the throne. There was a struggle and in the end Solomon is the chosen successor.
As David’s death approached, 1 Kings 2 tells us some of the advice David gives to Solomon. 1 Kings 2:1-4 says, “When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. 2 "I am about to go the way of all the earth," he said. "So be strong, show yourself a man, 3 and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, 4 and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: 'If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'” His words sound similar to what we looked at last week in Joshua 1.
1 Kings 2:10-11 tells us, “Then David rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. 11 He had reigned forty years over Israel-- seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.” The rest of chapter 2 and the beginning of chapter 3 describes how not all the people were accepting of Solomon’s reign and several people died. A brother dies. A general dies. An old enemy of his father dies. Alliances are formed. In the midst of the death and change and alliances, we have the passage we will focus on today.