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“And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him…And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” ~2 Samuel 5:10,12 NLT
Many years earlier, Samuel had anointed David king over Israel but it had not yet been time for him to take that place. Now, however, David was seated on the throne and grew in power because God was with him.
And David recognized that it was not because of his own merit, but rather that God always keeps His promises. The Lord had promised to bless Abraham’s descendants and in this generation, David was one avenue of blessing for God’s people.
When I read this today, I thought about the times in my life that God had blessed that weren’t for me. They were so I could be a conduit of blessing to someone else.
Perhaps it was a time we had extra food and a friend was hungry. Or maybe a bonus at work, to meet a need for a missionary overseas. Sometimes it’s been a gift so we could do something as a family, too, because that’s important as well.
The important thing for us to remember is that God blesses and God flourishes; it’s not our own might or strength, but His.