by Rev Joel Yong
1 Kings 2:1-2
When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man,
David was dying.
His last words were to ask Solomon to ‘ man up’
And this was what he meant by ‘manning up’-
1 Kings 2:3
and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, 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,
Obeying God was the way to ‘man up’.
It is not a sign of weakness to submit to God.
And in turn- the one who obeys God will find that God blesses him in his life.
If Solomon were to be such a man, the example he would set for his own sons – would lead them to follow such a standard of manliness.
1 Kings 2:4
that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.
What a new perspective compared to what the world calls manliness!