God’s Favorites?

Let your favor shine again upon your servant; save me just because you are so kind! Psalm 31:16 TLB

The Bible clearly states that God is not in favor of favoritism.

“Don’t pervert justice. Don’t show favoritism to either the poor or the great. Judge on the basis of what is right.

Leviticus 19:15 the message

And yet? I do believe that God shows a certain type of person preferential treatment.

Jesse’s Sons

God does not judge people as we do.

Samuel had been instructed by God to anoint a new king for Israel. He was trying to figure out which of Jesse’s sons God wanted but he was looking at the wrong guy.

When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Here he is! God’s anointed!

Finally, God says:

But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.

God’s choice

So, who does God choose?

I have been pondering this idea of late.

I know scripture says,

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.

1 Corinthians 1:27-31 msg

Flawed Favorites

God doesn’t seem to mind if a guy has huge flaws. Take for instance, Abraham, or David, or Jonah.

These guys had “big issues” but, God chose them anyway.

And, I guess that’s my point.

For the next few weeks I want to look at one guy in particular–MOSES.

Now, this guy? He definitely had issues!

But, God chose him anyway, in spite of his flaws.

And, here’s a Bible verse I have often mused, and marveled on:

No prophet has risen since in Israel like Moses, whom God knew face-to-face. Never since has there been anything like the signs and miracle-wonders that God sent him to do in Egypt, to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land—nothing to compare with that all-powerful hand of his and all the great and terrible things Moses did as every eye in Israel watched.

Deuteronomy 34:10-12 msg

The “one” God chooses…

Think of it–no one in all of God’s servants, or chosen people, is likened unto this man, Moses.

  • A man who was chosen to rescue God’s people after he failed miserably to understand his destiny.
  • An old man… a lowly shepherd… a guy who blew it, BIG TIME.
  • A man who TRIED to run away from God.
  • A man with many failures and flaws.

Honestly? Moses gives someone like me HOPE!

So, let’s take a closer look at this man. We might just find some encouragement for our own frustrations and foot-sore wanderings.

Who knows?

Maybe YOU are God’s choice to do something spectacular.

Maybe you are God’s, Moses-Man.

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