1 Kings 2:1 (KJV) Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying…
There will come a day when we all will be faced with death should Jesus delay His coming. It is a grim subject and no one really wants to think about dying at all. In fact, humanity spends a great deal of time searching for ways to prolong the inevitable. But as the author of Hebrews says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die…” (9:27). It is a part of life that we can only escape if Jesus comes first.
So what is all of this talk about death? It is morbid. It is uncomfortable for most people. But it is something that is necessary because there needs to be some form of plan in place for our loved ones who remain to use to move forward in life. Have you ever had thoughts about this?
Understanding The Text
In the first few verses of this text, we observe David on his dying bed and having a conversation with his son, Solomon, the newly crowned and anointed king of Israel (1 Kgs. 1:1-9). In this conversation, David begins by reminding Solomon to keep God first in all things. David is instructing him as such because the future success and longevity of the kingdom were dependent upon it. As we well know, when God offers promises of blessings for obedience, He also pronounces promises of consequences for disobedience (Deut. 28).
Although David did not live the perfect life as an example his son could follow, his lasting legacy was found in the testimony of the example that his heart was always tender for things of God (2 Sam. 16:7; 1 Kgs. 11:4). This, David says, is where kingdom prosperity begins and ends (1 Kgs. 2:3). The Lord promised that David’s progeny would have an everlasting kingdom and a right to the throne as long as they continued to follow wholeheartedly after Him (2 Sam. 7:1-17).
Long gone are the days wherein we can put off the inevitable by merely choosing to act as though it will never happen.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because we must begin to understand and accept our mortality. As much as we would love to live long lives with good, prosperous living, there will come a time when we, too, must “…go all the way of the earth…” (1 Kgs. 1:2). What kind of lasting legacy will we leave behind for the next generation? Will it be one wherein it will be said of us that our hearts were “…perfect with the Lord…as was the heart of David…” (1 Kgs. 11:4). We may think that we have plenty of time for consideration, but swift are the days’ goings as the days’ comings.
We have an individual and a collective responsibility to prepare the next generation for the days ahead. So, we must ask ourselves, “Are we our brother’s keeper”? Yes, we actually are. We will be held accountable for the things we fail to pass forward. The Apostle Paul asks some very important questions in Rom. 10:14, “How then shall they call on Him in they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” We may never enter the pulpit, but our lives make daily proclamations about who we are and what we truly believe.
In the beginning, I asked if any of us had ever thought about what our legacy would be after we are gone. The longer I live, the more I think about it. With each passing day, as life continues to take its unforeseen turns, my hope and prayer is that I am leaving a lasting legacy that brings glory to God. Time is certainly drawing to a close far quicker than we could ever have imagined. It is time to begin thinking about what your epitaph will read.