My personal Bible reading has me currently camped out in 1 Chronicles. The first nine chapters cover a whole bunch of names. Beginning with Adam and chronicling (what a fitting name!!) thousands of years to Israel’s return from captivity, Ezra names the names of fathers and sons, and occasional daughters (as a woman, my eyes widen whenever women are highlighted in the Scriptures).
Yesterday’s reading found me contemplating David’s life and leadership in 1 Chronicles 13-14. David’s dependence caught my attention.
He showed dependence on others as he consulted with leaders of thousands and hundreds (1 Chronicles 13:1-4) regarding the ark. The words “all, us, our, and we” are repeated 11 times in four verses. Pretty significant, I’d say.
David also showed dependence on God as he inquires of God regarding going to war against the Philistines. (1 Chronicles 14:10,14)
As I think about David, a man after God’s own heart, I am sobered knowing of his eventual choices of adultery and murder. I wonder how his life might have looked differently had he continued in dependence and connection with others and a posture of dependence on God through inquiring of Him before taking action.
So my personal take aways are:
- evaluating how I am doing in the area of dependence on others. Do I consult others when making important decisions?
- evaluating how I am doing in the area of dependence on God. Do I inquire of God before making decisions and taking action?
Do you have additional thoughts?