Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Daily Lectionary: Job 8:1-22; John 4:27-45

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. (1 Samuel 16:13)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We tend to think the Lord likes to work through the big and powerful. He likes to flex His holy and divine muscles. He’s always looking for a chance to show off, to prove Himself, and do some holy, awesome feat of divine strength and power. That’s how we like to work, after all. We like to show off, use our strengths (our smarts, our looks, our muscles) to get some praise and attention. The bigger the feat, the bigger the praise. We’re let down when God doesn’t work that way. We expect big and awesome results from God. After all, our God is an awesome God!

But we need to repent of our wanting a big, powerful awesome God because that’s not how He prefers to work. Look at Saul and David, the first two kings of Israel. The people wanted the big, powerful king, and they got Saul who “From his shoulders upward was taller than any of the people” (1 Samuel 9:2). David was the youngest son of Jesse, but He’s the one the Lord wanted. The Lord uses the simple things to accomplish great things like your salvation.

Think about Jesus. He was born of a lowly virgin from a backwater town. He was a little, no-name baby who grew up to be an unknown man. He died a miserable death. For us. He broke apart our definitions of God, but that saves us. Saves us from our false gods. He delivers to us His salvation in Word, water, and bread and wine, He opens heaven, provides His righteousness and forgiveness, and His own Body and Blood for our forgiveness, life, and salvation.

The Lord uses the simple things. That’s our salvation. He uses David to rule His people. He came in human flesh, died, rose, and gives His gifts to you. It’s so simple, but it’s God’s true power and salvation! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

For the joy Thine advent gave me, For Thy holy, precious Word, For Thy Baptism, which doth save me, For Thy blest Communion board; For Thy death, the bitter scorn, For Thy resurrection morn, Lord, I thank Thee and extol Thee, And in heav’n I shall behold Thee. (Thanks to Thee, O Christ, Victorious, LSB 548:3)

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