Established by God
Today’s scripture selection: First Chronicles 10-14
Key verse: First Chronicles 14:2
“And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.”
How do you know when you’ve “made it” to the top?
What are the criteria you use to know that you’ve achieved the success you’ve always wanted or accomplished the most important of your goals in life?
For some, it’s a matter of
- Material wealth
- Social or political power
- A happy family
- A certain level of education or expertise
- Or any number of other things
But for David – it was that his kingdom had been established by the LORD.
He was a man of faith. Not a perfect man; but a man of faith nonetheless. He was a great warrior – what the scriptures call a “mighty man of God.” But his accomplishments in that arena had more to do with his faithfulness to God than his swordsmanship or physical strength. He was hated by some and loved by many more. But his self-esteem and sense of self-worth wasn’t based on how many friends he had.
He remembered that God was the one who had called him; strengthened him; protected him; and ultimately established him as the king over a chosen people. And little did he know that he would be known for something even more. For from the “house of David” would come the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
What’s your standard? How do you know you have accomplished what you are called to do?
How about being able to be known as a “mighty” man or woman of God?
Now that’s what I call being established.
Prayer: Almighty God, may I live to faithfully fulfill your calling for me. AMEN.