This time through 1 Chronicles, I’ve been impressed by just how different David and Saul were in their spiritual walk. Just a couple days ago we were reading how Saul failed to obey the Lord’s command and sought guidance from The Wrong Place (1 Chron. 10:13-14) — and as a result, the privilege of leading God’s people was taken from Saul and given to David. Today we read about David, the “man after God’s own heart.” What a difference!
David was concerned about the spiritual state of Israel (1 Chron. 13:1-3). He understood that God had placed him in a position of leadership to help lead God’s people (14:1-2). David was a person who listened, waited for, and obeyed God’s marching orders (14:8-17) — and someone who readily gave the glory to God for the victories he experienced (14:11). As a result, God exulted David and increased his influence.
There are some great questions in this passage for you and I as we follow Jesus and “live to make Him known”:
- Are we concerned about the spiritual state of our brothers and sisters in Christ?
- Do we listen, wait, and obey God’s “marching orders” when we face challenges in our lives?
- How are we at giving God the glory for the victories that occur?
Lord God, search us and try us. Help us to listen, wait and obey your Word. Help us to be about Your kingdom’s work. In the name of our precious Savior Jesus Christ, Amen!