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God Sees Us Differently

August 23, 2020 | by Pastor Peter

King David’s story reminds us that God uses everyday people to do extraordinary things. While he’s a lowly shepherd, he’s a King after God’s own heart. He’s a brave warrior and gifted poet. But he’s also an adulterer, a murderer and a lousy father. From the story of David’s anointing, we see that God sees us differently then others do. While others may see inadequacy or failure, God sees opportunity. In I Samuel 16:1-13, we read about how Samuel came to anoint David as the future king of Israel.

I observe two relevant ways God sees us differently from this passage. The first is that God looks at our character, not our outward qualifications. David isn’t the kind of king people would choose. But his humble heart makes him God’s perfect choice.

The second lesson is that God is at work redeeming our mistakes. He delights to take even our greatest failures and fold them into his plan. David represents Jesse’s moral failing. But God embraces David–the mistake and gives him a central role to play in the kingdom.

So if you think God doesn’t want to use you, David’s story says otherwise. Your lack of qualifications and your past failures aren’t the end of the story. Instead, they’re an opportunity. God can use them to bring glory to himself and show off how he can heal, save and transform.

Don’t Forget to Check Out our Sermon Series on the Sermon on the Mount

  1. The Beatitudes
  2. Salt & Light
  3. Fulfilling the Law
  4. Anger & Reconciliation
  5. Adultery & Lust
  6. Keeping Your Promises
  7. Loving Your Enemies
  8. Authentic Piety
  9. Treasure in Heaven
  10. Should We Judge Others
  11. Ask Your Father
  12. The Golden Rule
  13. The Narrow Gate
  14. Good Trees and Bad
  15. A Strong Foundation


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