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June 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

God sees the leader inside of us long before others or even ourselves see it.


God sees the leader inside of us long before others or even ourselves see it. In the story of David, found in 1 Samuel 16. While David didn’t fit the “appearance” or have the credentials that everyone else was looking for, he was chosen by God.  If you look back a few chapters in 1 Samuel 8-10, Israel had ignored God’s direction and they chose a King for themselves. They chose Saul, based on his “qualifications”. In other words, he looked the part. Long story short, Saul didn’t make a good king, and was eventually rejected by God.

 

While this is a very brief description of everything that happened to get us to the place of David being anointed to become king, there is a truth that rings loud and clear.  There are times that God will give us what we ask for, even though it’s not what is best for us. I have seen this ring true in my life more times than I’d like to admit. There are things I have chased after, things I have willed myself to make happen, that simply were not God’s best for my life. And yet He allowed them to happen.

 

So what have I learned from these situations? That’s a fair question with a simple answer… I make a terrible God for myself! When left to my own vices, I mess stuff up more than I get it right and that’s a good thing. God is a redemptive God.  He has a way of turning my mess-ups into something beautiful, something unique, but that only happens when I come to a place of submission to Him. Now submission sounds like an unpleasant thing, but I believe some of the greatest growth comes in trusting that God knows what’s best for me more than I do!

 

This truth is echoed in Proverbs which was written by King David’s son. Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (In other words, I’m not near as smart as I’d like to think I am) Choosing to trust God over self is the healthiest perspective we can have. That said, even when we blow it and we will from time to time, we are just one surrender away from growth and redemption.

 

This is my Prayer:  Father God, I know You call those You want to lead and You provide the opportunity they need to lead.  Lord help me to see past appearances, my own wants, and desires and trust in Your calling.  Jesus teach me to lead and live in Your redemptive power.  To have faith in Your forgiveness and purpose in my life and others.  In Your name Jesus. Amen.


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