Daily Devotional 4-10-19

The Chosen Ones And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons…Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:1, 13.

It happened that the first king of Israel, Saul, continuously disobeyed God. Consequentially, God rejected him as king, and chose for himself, David, to be the next king of Israel. Thus, the prophet Samuel anointed David, and the spirit of God came upon him. Saul, on the other hand, was miserable because the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him. When the prophet Samuel went to the house of Jesse to anoint a king, David’s name was not on the first list. He was tending the sheep of his father, as a shepherd boy. Jesse summoned his sons for Samuel to choose from, but God rejected all of them. So, David had to be called back home, per adventure he would be the chosen one. Truly, God chose the least expected person, David, to lead his people.
Humanly speaking, David did not have the physical qualities of a king. After all he was but a little shepherd boy. However, he had quality of heart that God needed. I do not believe he was perfect or sinless, but he had a heart that could be touched and submit to God.
Since creation, God had always worked his plans and purpose through people. Sometimes he even employs people who do not have relationship with him to fulfill his agenda. He is sovereign, and rules over all.
We do not have to be so special or pass some metric to be chosen by God. In Christ Jesus, God has chosen us to be his children through whom he would work his purposes. Peter tells us, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…”  1 Peter 2:9. The condition for our being chosen is our faith in Jesus. God has chosen us to show forth his glory, praises and love in the world. God does not work through a vacuum. He employs people. In addition, God has called and anointed you to proclaim his goodness.
PRAYER: Lord, grant me the strength to walk as someone chosen by God for a purpose.