The Chronicles Part 3: Leaving (But Not on a Jetplane)

The last part of my three-series post is about life.

And death.

I was listening to a podcast a few days ago and the Pastor I was listening to said, “In death, we think about life.”

For sure, a lot of us do not even think that tomorrow might be our last. That’s why we plan ahead. But how sure are we that we still have more years to come.

But however you leave;

Whenever it’s going to happen,

The most important thing is…

Your life was well-lived.

He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king. (1 Chronicles 29:28 NIV)

The person being described above is David; King David – King of Israel.

When I read this during one of my quiet times, all I can utter was, “Wow!” For the Bible to say such words, I have nothing but words of admiration to David and thought, “How perfect must his life be!”

Wrong.

David’s life is far from perfect. David was never perfect.

He made a lot of compromises. He made big mistakes. When I was younger, I would even wonder why this man was known as a man after. God’s own heart, when a big chunk of his life was used to manipulate people and events. How was he deserving?

But David, everytime he falls, knows when to return, and to Who he should go to. He makes mistakes, a lot, yes, but always repents; and when we say repent, there is an intention and act to never do it again. He may have been challenged by a lot of neighbouring nations, even his own kin, and there were times in his life when he seemingly wants to give up – but he never did and still trusted the Lord and obeyed.

Because of how he lived his life, David received favour from the Lord. He knows where he came from and where he will go back. That is why no matter how many wrongs there were, he was never known as “David the Adulterer” or “David the Conspirator” or “David the Warfreak”. He will always be “King David, A Man After God’s Own Heart”.

That was David’s legacy.

That’s how his people knew him.

And not only did he leave this planet with an honourable reputation but while he’s in it, he enjoyed all Lord’s goodness and mercies (Psalm 23:6).

I want the kind of life David had; though he was far from perfect, he knows his Lord is perfect, and David was made perfect through Him.

How about you — How do you want to be remembered when you leave this earth? What legacy do you want to stay even if you will be physically away?

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