Have you ever felt forgotten? By family, friends or even God? I know someone who probably felt that way – David in the Bible. You know, the one who tended to sheep, the “puny” not as attractive one of the siblings, the one who was overlooked when Samuel – who was following God’s direction – went to Jesse’s house looking for the replacement for King Saul. If you’re not familiar with the story let’s take a pause, grab your Bible (or search on Google) and read it! 1 Samuel Chapter 16.
David’s earthly family may have overlooked him but his FATHER sure didn’t.
Humility and hunger are two words that immediately come to my mind when I think of David. Not a hunger for t h i n g s but a hunger for deeper relationship, a hunger to please the Father.
Let’s fast forward a bit…he becomes King and yes, commits adultery. I’m not going to lie, I was totally BUMMED to hear this, but GOD. No one says it better than David himself in
“He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses.”
And we ALL say AMEN! If we got what we deserved it would be eternal destruction, literally hell. BUT GOD sent His only son and for that I’m forever thankful that I have eternal life WITH HIM!
Angie Smith states in her book Seamless, “David wasn’t a man after God’s own heart because David didn’t sin. He was a man after God’s own heart because he kept coming back.”
He had a deep hunger, a longing, a desire for HIM. I love reading Psalms because a lot of it reflects the hunger and desperation of David’s heart.
If you feel forgotten – you are NOT. He is waiting for YOU. Is your heart full of bitterness, pridefulness, jealousy, unforgiveness, shame, fear or doubt? If so, trade that heart in for a CLEAN one.
How? Repent, ask and walk in freedom.
Read Psalm 51. It is a beautiful chapter. It displays – true repentance, humbleness and a desire to be “re-created”
You see, when we *attempt* to find peace in our own ways – we CAN’T. Rewind to 1 Samuel 16:14-23 and you will see how tormented Saul was – he was exhausted – to say the least.
Isn’t it funny how God works sometimes? The very one whom was overlooked (by man) to become king was the VERY one who ushered in p e a c e to Saul’s soul.
I’m a big believer that HE has a plan for Every. Single. Person. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I’ll be honest, I have dreams and visions that haven’t came to pass yet – BUT GOD.
I want to encourage you to keep tending to the flock faithfully. You NEVER know when the Father will come tap you on the shoulder in the field and say, “Now is the time.”
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we WILL reap a harvest IF we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9