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Undeserving Day 12

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Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

Devotional: We see in this passage that Saul, the very first king of Israel, was rejected and deposed as king because he was not faithful to the Lord.  As God looked to replace Saul, He searched for someone who, first and foremost, would be faithful to Him.

As we learn, God looks, not to the outward appearance, but the heart.  When asked to see all his sons, Jesse didn’t even consider his youngest, who was at the bottom of the totem pole in the pecking order.  David was rejected by his own family, but God saw into the depths of his heart and not only accepted him, but anointed him as King over Israel.  And, God would eventually call him a man after His own heart.

Reflect:

  • Reflect upon your own life. Do you focus more on your outward appearance or your heart? 
  • Do you think God would consider you a man or woman after His own heart?
  • Pray this prayer of David for your own life: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

 

Undeserving Day 11

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Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-6 1Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Devotional: We all long for acceptance in some way.  Whether it is from our family, friends, or at school or in the workplace, it would seem that to be human is to desire acceptance. And rejection hurts.

But have you ever considered that Jesus took the weight of every form of rejection that you could ever face?  He was despised, rejected, afflicted and eventually brutally crushed and pierced to the point of death.  He himself bore the iniquity of us all.

Chances are you’ve read or heard that truth before, but have you really let that sink in?  Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, you are unconditionally accepted. That means you don’t have to earn acceptance, or act in a particular way to receive it. When you put your faith and trust in Jesus’ gift of salvation, you are fully and wholly accepted.  The rejection of this world has no power over you because Jesus himself bore that for you on the cross of Calvary.  The acceptance of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ trumps all rejection you could ever face in this world.  You can live in victory and freedom.

 That means the rejection that you may have felt from a parent has no power over you.  The rejection that you have faced from one you love doesn’t define you.  The rejection by an employer, or friend, or co-worker need not discourage you.  Because through Jesus Christ, God accepts you.  You have so much value, that Jesus faced the utmost in rejection to show you His love.  So the next time you are discouraged, or find yourself striving for acceptance from others, remember that their approval will never satisfy you. You are already fully and wholly loved beyond what you can imagine.

Reflect

  • From whom in this world do you most desire acceptance? How might the understanding of Christ bearing your rejection bring you freedom from this pursuit?
  • Memorize Romans 8:1 and repeat this to yourself often: Therefore, there is nono condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

 

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