August 3

Looking for Loyalty

 

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen. . . . that no flesh should glory in His presence.

–1 Corinthians 1:27–29

 

David was in many ways the opposite of King Saul.  Saul came from a family who loved him; David came from a family who neglected him.  Saul was the most handsome all Israel; David was a handsome enough guy, but relatively ordinary.  Saul was attractive on the outside, but on the inside he was vain, shallow, and devoid of true integrity.  In contrast, David had a deep spiritual life and an intense devotion to God. (If you want to know about David’s spirituality profile, just read some of the Psalms.  They are like windows into his soul.)  Saul’s problem was that he was full of himself.  The Lord rejected him.  David was full of the Lord, and God accepted him.

 

The Lord seems to go out of His way to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things; then people give credit to the Lord rather than to human beings.  Just as surely as God plucked David from obscurity, He is looking for men and women He can use in these critical days in which we are living.  God is looking for people to touch this generation. He is looking for people to change this world.  Second Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”

 

What kind of person does He look for? Someone strong?  No.  The previous passage says He is looking for someone He can show His strength through—someone whose heart is turned toward Him.  Is your heart totally turned toward God?

 

—Greg Laurie, Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners

 

Learn more about slaying the giants in your life in Greg Laurie’s newest book, Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners.

 

You’ll join Pastor Greg as he examines the lives of biblical personalities—good and bad—revealing why some fell and failed while others picked themselves up and finished strong in the spiritual race.

 

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