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Monday, May 13, 2024

Walking in the Way

1 Kings 2: 1-4

“1 When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, 3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. 4 Then the Lord will establish his word that he spoke concerning me: ‘If your heirs take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you a successor on the throne of Israel.’”

David, near death, charged his son, Solomon, heir to the throne of Israel, to be strong, to be courageous and to keep walking in the ways of God.

The Christian life is a life of death to self in order to live a life by faith; to walk in the ways and teachings of Christ.  

Such a life requires us to be different, to seek to be set apart, and requires the strength of character to go against the grain of society. It also requires the courage to act in love and forgiveness when the world is calling for hate and retribution.

Walking in the way of Christ is difficult.  

But it is the way.

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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