(2) God wanted David’s descendants to walk before Him in faithfulness with all their heart and soul (v4). What does faithfulness to God look like in the context of v3?
Why does faithfulness require us to pay close attention to ourselves (v4a)? Do you?
Why is the phrase “with all their heart and soul” so significant to being faithful? How would you describe your heart?
(2) David charged Solomon to be strong (v2). Why is being strong essential to being faithful to God?
In what specific situations in your life do you need to be strong?
What hinders you from being strong?
Where does strength ultimately come from (Ephesians 6:10)?
(3) Solomon answered the call to faithfulness – loving the Lord and walking in His ways (v3). How do “loving” and “walking” relate to each other (see also John 14:15)?
(3) God offered Solomon anything he wanted, and Solomon asked for wisdom. Why is wisdom essential for faithfulness to God?
(3-4) Despite Solomon’s overall faithfulness, he followed the way of the world in two ways – he married Pharaoh’s daughter as part of a treaty (3:1) and amassed many horses for his army (4:26, see Deuteronomy 17:16). From the world’s point of view, why do both of these things make sense? What spiritual dangers do they bring?
In what ways are we tempted to follow the way of the world today instead of being faithful to God?
What principles from this study do we need to apply to our lives to help us overcome these temptations?