What does it mean when this passage says "to walk before Me in truth"

"That the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, 'If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'"

1 Kings 2:4

ESV - 4 That the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, 'If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.

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1 Kings 2:4 (KJV) says "That the LORD may continue his word which
he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to
walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there
shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel."

This verse is part of the instructions that God gave to Solomon as he took
over from his father David just before David died (1 Kings 2:1-9).
God knew that David had been faithful in his walk before God, save for his
failings recorded in the Bible and he graciously declared him righteous
(Acts 13:22).

So what does it mean to walk before God in truth?

God has set clear standards of spiritual conduct for His people and, more
specifically in this context, for leaders who will be leading His people whether kings, presidents or church leaders.

The Hebrew word for truth is "emeth" which is best translated as firmness
or faithfulness. This does not mean that the leader would be perfect in
God's eyes [for no human being can attain such standard] but that his
loyalty to God is uppermost in his mind and informs his personal
conduct and leadership principles and judgments and that his general prudence depicts a God-fearing person. 

The second part of 2 Kings 2:4 amplifies the meaning of this word.
God declares that if Solomon would walk "with all his heart and
with all his soul" he shall have someone always reigning in his
throne. This Hebrew phrase speaks of total commitment to obedience (cf.
Deut. 6:5, 10:12, 11:13, 18; Joshua 2:5).

Hezekiah and Jehoshaphat were two examples of leaders who touched the
heart of God by reason of their faithfulness. Let us briefly examine some biblical excerpts on these two great men of God. Th
The Bible teaches in 2 Chronicles 17:6 regarding Jehoshaphat, "And his
heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the
high places and groves out of Judah." The man was determined to please God and to fight and destroy all forms of idolatry in his kingdom.
The detailed description of his righteous acts are recoded in 2Chronicles
17-22. The man achieved great success because he was careful to
walk in obedience to God.

Hezekiah on his part was similarly faithful to God despite his human failings as a leader (2 Kings 20:13). He cried to God in his terminal illness showing that he was a man of great faith. His cry is recorded in Isaiah 38:3 "Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight." God was touched by his tears and graciously granted him fifteen
more years. 

Few people would move God's hand under such circumstances. 

These two men therefore walked with God in faithfulness. In total contrast
to his godly deportment, Hezekiah was succeeded by his evil son
Manasseh who reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem while Jehoshaphat was
succeeded by a wicked Queen Athaliah who was the daughter of
Ahab and Jezebel but was later violently overthrown and killed according to the decree that God had been pronounced on the lineage of Ahab
and Jezebel (see 2 Chronicles 23).

Now the call to faithfulness rests on every child of God who has been
redeemed by the blood of Jesus. God expects us to live in a manner that
befits our calling, knowing the price that Jesus paid for our redemption.
None of us can be perfect in God's eyes but God checks on our loyalty
(Jeremiah 17:9-10). His Spirit leads us in all truth and reminds us of the
commands of Christ even in the most trying moments of our walk (John

We should allow God's word to speak to every circumstance of our lives so
that His Spirit takes full charge of our lives. Where we inadvertently sin or
disobey God, we should return to the path of obedience. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin."

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