1 Kings 2:2 – “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man,
These words were spoken to Solomon as King David knew his time was coming to an end. He realized through his own life some of the challenges that Solomon would be facing and he prefaced his departing words with this “warning”.
As men we face a myriad of challenges, some of them are exterior but a great deal of them are interior. The temptations we face on a day to day basis are as minor as “do I eat that donut?”, or as serious as “do I go to “THAT” website?” In the end, it’s these decisions that that shape not only our lives, but those of our families and friends. How can we be leaders of our families and communities if we can’t control our own earthly desires?
David knew this well but he also faced a great deal of outside adversity. As he awaited his rule, King Saul, having doubt about David’s ability to rule, put a bounty on his head. It is here that David really began asking the tough questions of life. Alone in the dark or on the run through enemy territory, David opened-up and honestly shared his thoughts, struggles, and fears. David was frustrated with God’s plan for his life, and he wrote about it in his prayer journals. Although Saul stopped at nothing to kill David, David never followed through on his opportunities to kill Saul. David’s years alone with God forged his exemplary character and unflinching faith. Through loneliness and struggle, David learned to be fully dependent on God.
The lesson here is we can’t become the leaders that we’re called to be if we’re not ready to be honest with ourselves or truly honest with God, and in actuality, . . . . they’re pretty much one and the same.
So are you ready to ‘MAN UP” and lead your family and community?
1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.