The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: (Proverbs 1:1)
Solomon’s father was a great man. David was a man after God’s own heart, yet he often struggled with and was defeated by lust, duplicity, and failure. His psalms reveal that he was a great sinner and a great repenter. He killed a giant, led a rag-tag band of outcasts, wrote songs, served a king, and became the greatest king of Israel. Yet, he yielded to lust, committed murder, told lies, and often gave in to depression and despair. Perhaps his greatest failure was in his home. We are told that he was a negligent and overly permissive father. What a difference it might have made for Solomon if David had been a loving, present, disciplined, discipling father!
Prayer: God, help us never substitute success in other areas for success in our home relationships. Amen.