Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Get Ready For Success
Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the Lord is with him.
1 Samuel 16:18 (NAS)
The son of Jesse in today's scripture is David, the future King of Israel, described as a man 'After {God's} own heart' (Acts 13:22). How did this young shepherd prepare himself for a destiny he did not know? God gives us clues; young David had many gifts. He was a handsome musician who was prayerful, humble, fit, and brave. He served his father joyfully in the most menial of jobs. He strove for excellence. Most of all, David loved God.

Samuel the prophet was told by God to anoint the next king of Israel from among the sons of Jesse. 'I have selected a king for Myself among his sons' (1 Samuel 16:1). Samuel looked first at Eliab, the eldest son, 'But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart' ' (v.7).

'Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, 'The Lord has not chosen these... Are these all the children?' And he said, 'There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep' ' (v.10-11). Then came David, and he was anointed as the future king of Israel.

His 'insignificant' field of practice was very significant to God, 'For the ways of man are before the Eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths' (Proverbs 5:21). The Bible says repeatedly that God promotes the humble.

When opportunity (in the form of the prophet Samuel) knocked at David's door, he was ready, willing, and able to step forward. David, the fighter for his father Jesse's sheep, became King David, the fighter for his Father God's sheep.

Like David, God's performers should practice their gifts in the fields to which they are assigned--no matter the size. God is watching their work intently. Not only that, He sees their humble, thankful, and obedient hearts. Therein will today's performers be ready for tomorrow's success.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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