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Then & Now - Week of November 3

  • 2008 Nov 03

"God Will Find You—Where You Are"
1 Samuel 16:6-13; Luke 1:26-37

“I was born in the wrong family.” 

“Nobody notices me at school.”

“I’m too short.”

“I don’t have the right friends.”

“I don’t have any money.”

I hear teens say these things all the time. As if life has dealt them such a blow that they can’t possibly amount to anything.

But that is so untrue. Let’s look at the lives of two of the Bible’s biggest characters. David and Mary.

David was a forgotten shepherd boy. His father had low expectations for David. Jesse marked the rest of his sons for greatness, but David he sent to the sheep fields.

But God saw something in David that nobody else saw. David had a heart for God.

David may not have been good enough for his family, but in the eyes of God, he was qualified to be king.

Then there’s Mary. A young, teenage girl in a poor backwater village. What were her chances to make her mark on the world? Slim—if you don’t believe in a God who sees all.

But God does see all. He knows all. And He discovered Mary in Nazareth, a town on the wrong side of the tracks. This is what the angel said of Mary, “You are highly favored among woman.” Why? Because she loved God and served him with all her heart.

Two forgotten teens. One incredible God. What does it mean for you?

It means you can do great things for God, despite your background, your economic status, where you were born.

God will find you. The Bible says that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro on behalf of those who seek Him.

So don’t seek fame or fortune. Don’t try to worm your way into the right crowd. Just follow God with all your heart. Live out your faith without apology.

And when you do, God will find you and do great things thru your life.


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Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him at

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