This past Saturday I went to my home church for the first time since Christmas. It was a refreshing feeling. Some people think that since the church is categorized as a “mega-church” that it doesn’t have a strong sense of community. It really does, and to me it feels like home. This visit was also important because instead of going with my family as I normally would, I went with a friend. This friend is caught somewhat between Christianity and Islam, but wanted to go to church. I mentioned that I was going on Saturday, and he said, “hey, let’s go together.” It really worked out pretty well.
The sermon this week was a comparison between two main characters in the old testament, Saul and David. Both ended up being kings of Israel, but their differences are important. While Saul was physically strong, and an experienced leader, he lacked the most important thing – reliance on God. He thought he knew it all, and never let God into his heart. Over time Saul became cold and hardened.
David, however, was chosen by God, and had a strong relationship with God before he was even named to be the next king. David was small, weak, inexperienced, but he had something Saul didn’t have – God. David’s humility was shown when he refused to kill Saul, even as Saul was hunting him down. David would have certainly had an excuse to kill Saul in self defense, but he let him go.
This story is important, because it shows that God knows best. Our own plans in life can change in an instant, and it’s important to trust God. David had no idea what he was in for as king of Israel, but he had confidence in God. It’s also good to know that God doesn’t judge people the same way we do. While we look at someone’s physique, someone’s money, someone’s intelligence; God looks at their heart.