God Does

"We often feel like we're ignored. No one sees us, no one hears us, but let me assure you God does."

NO ONE REMEMBERED DAVID, not his father nor his older brothers. They didn’t even invite him to the sacrifice. That was the cover story for the prophet Samuel to be in Bethlehem. Otherwise it’s … (insert cutting noise) … off with your head. God’s all, “GO TO JESSE IN BETHELEHEM,” in His God-doom voice, and Samuel’s like, “Uhm, Saul will KILL me for that.” So God sends him to make a sacrifice and while he’s there, anoint the next king. Like of Israel? You gettin’ this? Saul’s king but Saul messed up. So God’s going to anoint David, but nobody’s heard of David. Samuel gets the end of his older brothers, nonplussed, and he asks, “Is this it?” And David’s dad, Jesse, is all, “Well … there’s David.” Afterthought. Yeaaaah, so David’s going to be king of Israel and kinda like going to be the great-great-great-great-some-number-of-greats grandpa of the Messiah. No biggie.

But David’s just tending sheep. Yawn. Shepherd.

Then there’s Goliath. Big blowhard is out there thumping his chest, “Come try an’ kill me,” and Israel’s soldiers are all, “EEK!!!!” Except David. He shows up with cheese. That’s right. Behold the power of cheese. David’s sent by dear ol’ dad to bring cheese, and he happens to see and hear Goliath, and unlike everyone else, he wants to know, “Who is this guy?” and the important question, “What do I get out of it?” Money, favor, and a woman set aside, David’s heart was for the living God. He knew who he was and had learned it in the backwoods with the sheep. Those were his father’s sheep, and no lion or bear, oh my, is going to kill them. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)

Years later, when David was old and talking to his son, Solomon, about the future, David told him about building God’s temple, which God had said he couldn’t do but that Solomon would. Reason being, David was a soldier. He’d killed a lot of the enemy and God wanted His temple built in a time of peace. I bring this up, so you’ll see this backwoods sheep farmer was courageous. That’s the word the Scripture uses. It calls him a “man of valor” which interestingly enough, is the same word used for the “virtuous” woman in Proverbs 31. They are interchangeable. He was virtuous. She is full of valor. Same difference.

But God saw David, the boy, shepherding for his dad, ignored and unimportant, and God had a grandiose, cray-cray plan that would put sweet ruddy David into the history books. That kid would face down the giant and peg him with a stone. Think on that. The stone that the builders rejected was made the headstone of the corner. He is the stone beneath our feet and the foundation of the house which we have built. (We worry about the storm against the house, but here’s a thought. The storm is from the Spirit. He’s the wind of Pentecost, the fire which fell from heaven. He’s the reason our house stands, and the house build on something other than Jesus falls.) David told Goliath who he was, who Israel was, and God promoted him. It took some time. It was … complicated. But eventually David became the head of an entire nation, covenanted with God. From him, one night in Bethlehem, years later, would come the Christ, born of the virgin Mary, now our resurrected, King of kings. You cannot get more incredible than that.

We, often, feel like we’re ignored. No one sees us, no one hears us, but let me assure you God does, and He has a plan for your life, an incredible plan, just as incredible as you will let yourself believe. The more you trust Him with, the more you give Him of your life and your future, the deeper you are willing to go in His presence, the more He will pour out.

READ “And God Heard.”

Look not at what you see around you, at the armies massing, or a field of boring sheep, but look at His face and remember all that He’s done to secure you. Because of Him you have a full and complete salvation – eternal life, physical and mental healing, peace beyond understanding, every need met, every bill paid. Well-being. Romans 8:32 speaks God’s heart. If the Father would give His only Son to die a cruel human death, there is nothing else He will not do. Choose to believe.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

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Suzanne D. Williams, Author