Why Me, God?
I suppose God chooses to use imperfect stuff because He can then show how powerful He is. I mean I look for the best coffee beans, the best grinder, the best water, the best cup…even the best creamer if I go that way. But in the Bible God chooses to use the broken, imperfect to accomplish His plan. Ever wonder why?
Why I love the story of David so much is because I can totally relate. Here’s a dude who was from the beginning sanctified by the Spirit. Samuel anointed him even before he killed the giant (I Sam 16:13). And I had grown up in a Christian home, parents who were missionaries to Brazil, and in church every time the doors were open. I wasn’t chosen to kill a giant in my youth and that makes the story even cooler for me. Here’s a guy who was super chosen by God and walked with Him, wrote Psalms thousands of years ago that you and I can recite even today… and yet, he still fell… in a very bad way. Wonder what God thought?
Taking down Goliath was not a feat of strength. David knew this. He knew it was not by might, or power, but by the Spirit of God (Zech 4:6). Of course, the most wonderful thing of all is this: that the victory of David was the victory of Israel. Every Israelite – and this is important – became a conqueror that day because of David’s win (I Sam 17:51-52). Everyone got to share in that victory. And today Christ’s victory on the cross is a win for us all. God accepts His sacrificed body as if WE had been sacrificed. As if WE had paid.
Obviously David was anointed. And he lived for God, even and especially at home. In reading Samuel I see where he had it together around the house. I look at my own life and yes, I want the same thing – to line up my home life with what I am out of the home. My conversation around the table, my relationship with those in my family. The anointing of the Spirit of God should be consistent, no?
But even with this, David allowed his life to get way off-course. He was anointed – how could this possibly have happened to a Godly guy? A spiritual decline is always obvious to everyone except the person involved. You know, you can hide it for a while – from your own conscience, but withdrawing from a walk and fellowship with God – just getting away from the principles of Christian living, a rejection of God’s desire to be with you – soon becomes apparent in that person’s character; it becomes pretty easy to spot.
Choose today to wrap yourself in a smart way in the Word of God. You don’t have to be kooky-fanatical about it. Just ask God how to walk with the sole challenge of loving and helping other see Him in you.
Just as kings of long ago put images of themselves throughout their kingdom as a reminder to the people that they were the king of that land, so God wants us to be an image of Him to reflect Him throughout the world. Let someone see that today by a good word or a helping hand and know – that’s why God chose you!
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