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“He Will Do The Rest”

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1 Samuel 16:1-12 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 8 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”

There is one thing about God that you can never predict; who He will choose for a particular task. When the Lord had given Samuel a prophetic Word to go to Jesse to anoint one of his sons as the next king of Israel, no- body expected that son to be David. In fact, David wasn’t even invited to the party.

His own father, who probably knew him better than anyone on earth; didn’t even think to include him among the candidates for Samuel to observe. It is only after Samuel had looked over all the other sons that David was even mentioned. I find this story not only interesting, but in many ways; beautiful and full of grace.

You see, we are all a lot like Jesse. When we think of who God will pick for a particular calling, we will often make an assessment based on our experience or preference. Many of us even make the same mistake when we look at our own lives in reference to whether or not God would choose us for a mission.

We often see ourselves as ineligible. We remember all the failures of our past and immediately imagine that “God could never use us.” This is the part of the story where we must admit that God isn’t very much like us. God will often choose the one everybody else has overlooked. He is a God of mercy. He doesn’t need our talents or our gifting. He just needs one who is willing to say yes. He will do the rest.

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God of Mercy

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Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. 17 “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

Malachi 3:16-18 (NKJV)

The mercies of God are truly astounding. They really do flow to the highest mountains and into the lowest valleys. They really do give us strength and hope from day to day, and He will never lose His power or the ability to pour out grace on us in ways we never even imagined possible.

As we look at the above scripture, we are once again reminded of the broadness of His grace and mercy. He has spent much of the past three chapters rebuking Israel for her rebellion. Though chosen by God and redeemed, they ran from Him almost at every opportunity. Despite their response to Him, His response to them seems unimaginable. The Word says that “those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened.”

When they responded back to Him with repentance, He immediately opened the promises of Heaven over their lives once again. First and foremost, He reminded them again that they were His. That, my friends, is the most important revelation that mankind can have. The very thought that we belong to Him and that He loves us unconditionally is the best news of our lifetime. He really is a “God of Mercy.”

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