WHY DID GOD CHOOSE A SHEPHERD BOY TO BE A KING?

 

 I have frequently looked at my own life and wondered why God chose me to do this magnificent work He has entrusted into my hands. No one is more amazed than I am when I look at the ministry God has given me.

 

Perhaps you’ve looked at yourself and asked the same question. I think anyone who is mightily used of God and has made an honest appraisal of himself occasionally looks at his life and asks, “Why me?” It’s a natural question to pose to oneself or to God.     

 

There are reasons why God chooses certain people. His selection is not based on random choice.    

 

But there are reasons why God chooses certain people. His selection is not based on random choice. Second Chronicles 16:9 tells us that God is regularly, aggressively searching for men and women He can use: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him….”

 

 God’s eyes are roaming, searching, running to and fro in the earth, seeking someone whose heart is right toward Him. The fact that God searches so intensely must mean that this kind of candidate is not found on every street!

 

In Ezekiel 22:30, God needed an intercessor to pray for Israel. In one of the saddest verses of the Bible, God cried, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

 

It’s so hard for me to imagine that out of an entire generation, God found none He could use. Perhaps there were many of that generation who were praying, “God, please use me!” But God isn’t obliged to use everyone who prays this prayer.

 

I am not inclined to employ all those who want a job with our ministry. If they display poor work habits and show no visible desire for excellence, I’m not interested in working with them on a professional basis. Yes, I love them, but my love for them doesn’t mean I have to work with them. Those who stand by my side must have the same heart and hold the same convictions I deem to be important.

 

Well, as high as my standards are, God’s are even higher! This is one reason I am amazed God chose me! I know me! I know my shortcomings better than anyone else. I know how far I am from being perfect. But when God’s eyes were searching to and fro in the earth for someone whose heart was right toward Him, He saw me. Something in my heart and in my character qualified me to be used by God. That fact is a wonder to me.

 

As I read the biographies of those who were used by God in past decades and centuries, nearly all of them stood in awe that God chose them. In one biography after the other, I read words to this effect: “Someday when I meet Jesus face to face, my first question will be ‘Why did You choose ME?’”    

 

 If God chooses us, He does so because He sees something inside us that qualifies us to be a part of His team.    

 

One thing is for sure — people are not chosen by accident. Names were not scribbled on paper, thrown into a big brown bag, shaken up, and pulled out of the pile.

 

If God chooses us, He does so because He sees something inside us that qualifies us to be a part of His team.

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