2 Samuel 5:10
And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.
Progress and improvement are every man's duty. It is not right to remain as we were, or as we are. We ought to be all the time gaining and growing in experience and attainment and grace. It may be to our shame that we are just where God put us, and that we have just what God gave to us. A man whose looks were spoken of contemptuously, said in rejoinder, "You've no right to find fault with my looks; I'm just as God made me." "I know it, and that's what I'm blaming you for," said his critic; "you've never made any improvement on yourself." That answer made a fair point. If God puts us at the bottom of a hill, or at the beginning of a road, it may be for us to mount or to proceed, and not to stop where we are. It. was the man who retained just what his Lord gave him, and who was ready to give back that at the day of reckoning, who not only lost his possessions, but was cast out into outer darkness as an unprofitable servant. Remaining just as God made us may be the cause of our condemnation.
Parallel VersesKJV: And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.