Daily Devotionals

April 15, 2020: Reason to Rejoice: God Chooses Those Who Do Not Qualify


1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NIV) 

David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him. 

Think you are not good enough to qualify to serve the king? Feel like you have failed all your life, so no one wants you? Think again. God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were failures and considered rejects, He purposely chose us.

David was abandoned and left by himself with King Saul amassing his troops. God sends David those who were counted as worthless to become his fighting warriors.

If you were an oddsmaker in David’s day, you would have had the odds seriously stacked against David. He has four hundred men to go against Saul’s thousands. His men were untrained and unruly, Saul’s were trained, mighty warriors. What chance does David have?

Perhaps you feel like this today. You look at your resources, and you have counted the cost and reached the conclusion you do not have what it takes to be victorious. I have great news for you.

God uses the foolish, the worthless of the world, those rejected by society. 

Today I want you to count your resources. You do not have enough to do what God wants. Throw back your head and lift your hands to the heavens and rejoice. This is precisely how God does his best work.

God chooses those who do not meet any of the requirements others would look for. Consider this final word from our Lord in Matthew 5:3. “Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

Rejoice in your bankrupt condition. You qualify to be used by God.