a king among his sons

Today's devotion from 1 Samuel 16.

In 1 Samuel 16 we find many tidbits that are interesting. For example, we begin with the implication of Samuel's mourning for Saul's failure. God had rejected him, and Samuel grieved. It causes me to question the source of Saul's grief. Was it for Saul himself? Was it for the sake of Israel? We really don't know, but we do know that God had not given up. Even though the people wanted a king, He was still guiding the course of their lives.

This leads us to Jesse the Bethlehemite. Saul creates a pretense for travel, then enjoys the sons of Jesse parade. Each one is tall, handsome, strong, and kingly in stature, but none had the greatest quality of all. We don't the know the state of their hearts, or the intellectual ability they posses, or their prowess for war, or how devoted they were to God, but this does not matter. They lacked the call of God.

Think about this. God could have called and equipped anyone he desired. For that matter, He could have simply formed David larger or stronger or more kingly in his mother's womb. Instead, He chose in His wisdom to create David a little smaller with a ruddy in complexion. God did not choose David in spite of his apparent deficiencies. These were not deficiencies at all. David was knit together in his mother's womb for this moment by an omniscient God. This is precisely how God in all His infinite wisdom chose to assemble the man who would shepherd His people through their golden age.

We often think that God has to work with what He's got. That's nonsense! God created Moses with a speech impediment precisely for the moment when he would confront pharaoh. God formed David, placed him in the birth order, had Samuel anoint him, then caused him to wait to rule. That said, God isn't looking at you trying to decide how He could possibly make lemonade out of the lemon that you (obviously) are. You were crafted by Him, warts and all, for the plans He has for you.

Today, look at yourself in the mirror. See all the flaws and imperfections that exist. Then, praise God that you have been, "fearfully and wonderfully made."