Born Thy People to Deliver Day 27

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1 Samuel 16:1-13, Matthew 1:18-25, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

When I was an ambitious twenty-year-old, fresh out of college, I hired a life coach to help me create a life statement. This document included my vision, mission, core values, and short- and long-term goals. My little optimistic and naive heart was full of big plans for my life. I was focused on my perceived strengths, and what I believed I could do and become in this world. 

Every year around this season, I sit down and read the plan I penned in my early twenties. Much of what I wanted to accomplish has yet to manifest. I am no longer the naive twenty-something-year-old woman. My hair has added a few gray strands and my heart has tasted disappointment in ways I never thought I would. 

My life has not gone how I expected it to, but God has made it unexpectedly beautiful. What I didn’t know in my twenties that I know now is that God’s plan for humanity is far greater than anything we could create on our own. His master plan is a love story that entails the relentless pursuit of a broken and sinful people.

In today’s reading, the apostle Paul reminds us of this truth in 1 Corinthians 1:26–31. God did not come for the self-sufficient or the perfect. He did not leave heaven and come to earth for those who had everything together. He came for the foolish, the weak, and the lowly. He came for people in need of a Savior: people like me. 

When Christ Jesus entered the scene, He did not come as one would expect a king to arrive. He clothed himself in flesh and embraced a lowly beginning. He was an unlikely king. Fourteen generations before Jesus, David was also seen as an unlikely ruler. In 1 Samuel 16:1–13, we see that he was overlooked by his earthly father. He was considered unlikely to be the next king by men but not by God.  

It was not David’s appearance that qualified him. The Lord reminded the prophet, Samuel, just as He reminds us all that He is not concerned with our outward appearance. He is concerned with our hearts. This was the case for David, and this is the case for you and me. Jesus, our unlikely deliverer, came for us, an unlikely people, to save us from our sins and to transform our hearts. 

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  1. Kyle Hopkins says:


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  3. Terri Baldwin says:

    “God is with us” actively pursuing us.

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  5. Lehua K. says:

    Thank you all for the prayers! I have a bunch of victory reports.

    We had a Christmas luncheon at work yesterday and I found out the owner of the company I work for is a Christian – he prayed a very nice prayer before we ate, and I even found out we have a prayer requests box in the lunchroom. Before I left work, he asked to meet with me real quick and reassured me that he and my supervisor are working on my evaluation. It was nice timing before the 3 day weekend ❤️

    I had my follow up ob/gyn appointment yesterday too, and everything was clear. My symptoms have also cleared up. My cat is also doing much better. Hallelujah, praise God!

    “My life has not gone how I expected it to, but God has made it unexpectedly beautiful.”
    I can relate to the author and to many of you who have expressed setting goals and making plans, only to go down a different path than originally intended. I have often been very guilty of impatience, dissatisfaction, and longing to leave my current season of life into the next chapter. I constantly feel the pressure to move out and start a family, especially since I’m in my mid-30s and others around me are doing that. But praise God for his mercy, love, and guidance that leads me to “be still and know that [He is] God” (Psalm 46:10). I know God has a better plan for me than I could ever craft myself. He keeps telling me to bloom where I am planted. So I have been learning to wait with hope and expectancy, but with patience and staying fully present so I can bloom where I am. It’s not an easy lesson but so necessary to have peace while in this world. Thank God we have a friend in Jesus❤️

    Blessings to all of you ladies on this Christmas Eve!

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