Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, April 13: 1 Samuel 15-17 ~ Emma

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 1 Samuel 15-17

Once again, I am taking over for my Dad today.

What stood out to me in this passage is how God picked David over his brothers to be the king of Israel. Everyone expected one of the other brothers to be picked because they were bigger and stronger (which translates to "better" in the language of society). But 1 Samuel 16:7 contradicts that theory:

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him [this is referring to David's brother, Eliab]. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

This year was my third year participating in the voice festival in Steinbach. I had not won any of my classes until this year. There was always this one girl that beat me every time. This year I won one of my classes and went on to the next level of the competition, and competed against that same girl plus three more. Every girl in my class either won an award or moved on, except for me.

My point is, even though other people are "better" than I am at singing, I am still used by God for His purpose. And nobody can take the role that I was created to play. I may not be the "best", and I may not always win, but when I feel discouraged because others keep beating me, I can remember that no one can be better at the role God has given me than me.

David lived in his brother's shadows for a long time before fulfilling the role God had called him to fill. But no one, not even his bigger, stronger, "better" brothers could take his place.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Samuel 18:1 - 19:17, Psalm 591 Samuel 19:18 - 20:42


TammyIsBlessed said...

I love the fact that God looks at the heart, and judges us by far different criteria than society does.

I always love David's absolute trust and faith in God to provide the victory and his vocalness about it.

Nathan Reimer said...

Good point Emma, we are uniquely and specially created by God to do His work

1 Samuel 15:22

But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Obeying is number one, to all details

Conrad said...

Good posting Emma.

I like David's persistence. He received more discouragement from others than encouragement, but he knew the greater plan. God's plan. This is a good reminder for me that when I am doing what God has asked of me, I will face resistance as David did, but I need to be persistent and know that God is with me.