Read: 1 Samuel 16:1; Revelation 5:10-11; 1 Peter 2:9-10
In 1 Samuel 16, the Lord sends the prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house in Bethlehem because, as He says in verse 1, “…for I have seen for Myself among his sons a king.” [YLT] The way God saw David is what David became. Nothing and no-one could prevent that.
Now, the question is: How does God see you? What does He say about us? What has He destined us for? We need clear answers to these questions when we come across tough times, and it feels as though everything is falling apart.
If David’s story ended with him, we would never have been able to answer these questions. But the story didn’t end with David. God’s promise to David was fulfilled in Jesus. He reigns now forever as King.
Jesus changed the way God looks at us forever. Through His blood, He redeemed every tribe, tongue, and nation for God (Revelation 5:9-10). He completely restored their relationship with God (Romans 5:1). He gave them His perfect relationship with the Father as a gift (1 Corinthians 1:30-31). Therefore God sees Jesus whenever He looks at us. He sees King Jesus in us.
But there is more: King Jesus didn’t just pay our debt, set us free, and give us a new relationship with God (Romans 5:1). He gave us a new identity and calling! He “made us kings and priests of our God, and we will reign as king on the earth” (Revelation 5:11. Also read Revelation 1:5-6; 5:10-11; 20:4 en 6; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Corinthians 6:2-3;). The King has made us kings!
It’s not just David who was destined to be king. God has also destined us to be kings. That’s why He sent His Son. Through His sacrifice, He made us kings.
When you’re going through dark times, and you are scared because of all the chaos around you, you need to remember how God sees you. Remember who you are! Jesus made you a king! He determines your future. You have a royal future! Nothing can change that!
We can take on the giants that threaten us because the King has overcome! He dealt the evil giants a deathblow! Just like David took Saul the head of Goliath (1 Samuel 17:57), Jesus made a spectacle of the Enemy after He defeated Satan and all his evil forces. He showcased them as losers (Colossians 2:15).
Jesus turned the tables for all eternity. He defeated the devil, who dominated and oppressed us. And we who were once dominated and oppressed, He made kings. Hallelujah!
Think, chat, pray and listen:
- Why are you afraid? You have a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Why do you feel like an orphan? You have a Father (Romans 8:14-16).
- Why do you feel like a stepchild? God is your Father, and Jesus calls you His brother/sister (Hebrews 2:11 and Romans 8:29).
- Why do you feel worthless? (Revelation 5:10).
- Why do you feel powerless? You are a king.
God sees a king in you! He wants to live out His Lordship in this world in and through you. You are not powerless. Your actual enemy was defeated long ago. Your future has long been determined. You are destined to reign (acc. Genesis 1:26; Psalms 8:4-9 Revelation 5:10). You are a king appointed by God!
Therefore you must live out an intimate personal relationship with God!
† Pray for everyone who lives in fear.
† Pray for Christians who feel like orphans and stepchildren.
† Pray for Christians who feel powerless and act defeated.
† Speak to the Lord about your future and what He has planned for you.