I picked out several ripe peaches to eat for breakfast. They all looked incredibly delicious. I washed them and proceeded to eat the first one. My taste buds marveled at how delicious fresh peaches taste. I reached for a second peach eagerly anticipating the same sensation dancing on my tongue. Disappointment hit me, but I half-heartedly finished eating it. I reached for a third peach, hoping to once again reach the pinnacle of taste bud marvelings. Disappointment engulfed me, but not to be deterred I ate a fourth peach. The fourth peach did not live up to the amazing taste of the first peach either.
David and his brothers were a lot like those peaches. Just by looking on the outside Samuel couldn’t tell what the inside contained. But, God could. Samuel listened to God’s voice and passed by all of David’s good-looking brothers. God chose the least likely candidate from a human perspective. Most of the time I feel that compared to others I don’t have much to offer God . I sometimes feel as though I’m not good enough on the inside or the outside.
But, despite what David looked like on the outside, God called David a “man after His own heart”. What made David a man after God’s own heart? God answers that in the next sentence of Acts 13:22 by saying, “He will do everything I want him to do.” It takes a lot of prayer and dying to self for me to be willing to do everything that God wants me to do.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Cor. 12:9 – 10