It’s an ancient story that most of us are very familiar with, yet its truths (and our need to be reminded of them) never grow old. When the nation of Israel decided they wanted an earthly king to rule over them instead of a heavenly God, they held their first election.
Honestly, human nature hasn’t change very much, for given the option; man will always choose Saul – Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome! Forget the fact that he would soon be a raging lunatic and completely forsake God…the man looked “presidential” – what else could matter, right?
When it became apparent that Saul’s reign was going to come to an end, God decided that Israel’s next king would be His choice, not the people’s. And guess what? God chose differently. Instead of a seasoned veteran with a proven track record of fame and success, God hand-picked David – a lowly shepherd boy, the youngest of Jesse’s sons. So obscure was David that even his own father forgot to invite him in from the field when Samuel paid them a visit. But, David had skilled hands and a faithful heart – tools God could use.
The point for today is that God can, and will, use anybody – in fact, He specializes in using the “nobodies” of this world to accomplish His plans. That gives me great hope, because I fit that description pretty well. Remember, when others see a shepherd boy, God may see a king!
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Cor 1:27)
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