1 Chronicles 3: The Long Road of Following God

“These were the sons of David born to him in Hebron…” -1 Chronicles 3:1

Much of Israel’s history revolves around David. He was a shepherd boy who became king; a boy who conquered a giant; a musician who composed the songs used by the nation in worshiping the Lord. God called him a man after his own heart.

What many often miss is that his journey to leadership was not overnight. 1 Chronicles 3 refers to the sons born to him in Hebron. Why Hebron? Even after living as a fugitive from King Saul, he would only begin as leader of one area of Israel, not the entire nation. He served as Hebron’s leader for more than seven years before the people of all the tribes affirmed David as king.

David’s journey was a successful one in God’s eyes, but not a quick one.

We often hope to achieve success overnight or at least in a short time. David’s example reveals that the journey is often long, difficult, and includes many ups and downs rather than an upward career path. Let us remember today that God’s road for us may not be one that appears successful from our human vantage point, yet serves as part of his divine plan to fulfill his purposes in our lives.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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