'When you didn't think much of yourself, God made you king of Israel...' 1 Samuel 15:17 TLB
When Samuel anointed Saul as king, Saul couldn’t believe it. He couldn’t understand why God would choose someone as seemingly unimportant as him to be king. Things were looking really bright—Samuel said, ‘The Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.’ (1 Samuel 10:6 ESV) Awesome! Yet over time Saul got a bit too comfortable. Gradually, he stopped listening to God, went increasingly his own way and starting making some catastrophic mistakes. Remember that time when you first heard that God chose you to be in His family and Jesus chose to die for you? How amazing was that? How in awe of His Word and His ways were you? Over time though, it can be easy to start to take that relationship with Jesus for granted and to not listen to God so much anymore. The ability to forget is staggering. The most dangerous moment in our life is when we think we can succeed without God. The key is in truly knowing our worth, and why. We need to know how loved we truly are—enough to die for, enough for God to tell us to make a difference in this world. But sometimes we can forget that the valuation of us was God’s, and that ability to make a difference was His gift. The key: humility—knowing our worth because we know the One who values us. So today: here’s an assignment for you! Go for a short walk with God—without your phone! Ask Him to show you what you mean to Him.
SoulFood: 1 Kings 21-22; Luke 12:49-59; Ps 70; Pro 6:26-28
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