There is something special to me about an older person sharing his wisdom with a younger person. Sadly, it doesn't happen nearly as much as I would like to see, and I have often wished that older individuals in my life would invest their wisdom and experience into me more than they do. That's why I get excited to read these chapters in Chronicles where David "passes on the torch" so to speak with his son, Solomon. Of particular interest to me are his words in the end of 28:9, "If you seek [the Lord], he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever." Those are some extreme warnings from a father to a son, but they are true. The problem isn't that God can't be found; the problem is that people don't seek after him. I wonder sometimes how many people in America's congregations sit in church week after week but never really find God. Maybe they go because of religious routine or out of some sort of guilty obligation. What was true for David and Solomon, however, is true for us today: if we seek God, we will find Him.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.