“Why Does the Lord God Often Work Through Someone That We Would Not”
Well, that is sure a long title. But is it true? It sure is. Think of the Bible accounts you know that the Lord God uses someone we might not. Would you have used Gideon? Gideon was hiding from his enemies.
Would you have picked the disciples that Jesus chose, fishermen, tax collectors? There was nothing extraordinary about them.
In today’s thought, Samuel is told the Lord God will choose the second king of Israel, but Samuel’s thoughts tell us who he would have chosen. Please read the following verses.
1 Samuel 16:1-13
1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me.”The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5 Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.
The Lord God picks who we might feel is the most unlikely candidate. But David will become and is often referred to as a man after the Lord God’s own heart.
When doing the Lord’s work, go into it with open minds. When the Lord God uses people outside of their comfort zones, people that others would never expect. Doing this shows that it is not the chosen people that deserve honor and credit. It is the Lord God who is doing remarkable things through the people He has chosen.
You all have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;