Scripture Reading: Acts 13:13-25
“And when He removed him (Saul), He raised up David to be their king, of whom He testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’ Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as He promised.” (Acts 13:22,23)
Having evangelized part of the Island of Cyprus, the missionaries sailed to the south coast of Paul’s native land, Asia Minor. They came to Antioch of Pisidia, where on the Sabbath, Paul delivered a powerful sermon.
In his sermon, Paul gave a summary of the redemptive history of the Jewish people, starting with the election of the family of Abraham, proceeding through God’s deliverance of His people from bondage in Egypt, including God’s gift of a land of inheritance for His people, and ending with God’s provision of a king to rule over His people.
David was central in Paul’s sermon because of the promises made to him concerning the Messiah. David is described as a man after God’s heart. Certainly this was true, but David was a sinner like all of us. He failed God miserably. Yet, God never stopped loving him. This is how the gospel works. All of us are failures and sinners. Many of our best intentions never come to fruition. Even after our conversion, we still struggle with sin and sometimes we fall flat on our spiritual faces. Yet, God’s love for us never fails and He will not abandon us, even when we fail Him miserably. This gives me such hope!
David’s failures did not prevent God from using him. The Psalms reflect the spiritual ups and downs of David. God restored David when he repented and used him in a powerful way. But, or course, the greatest promise given to David was that a greater David, the Messiah, would come through his lineage. God fulfilled His promise to David: “Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as He promised” (v. 23). Our failures do not hinder the work that God can accomplish through us.
Lord Jesus, I have failed You miserably on many occasions. I desire to follow You with all my heart, but I often fall flat on my spiritual face and disappoint You. Thank you for loving me in spite of my failures and thank You for restoring me and using me, even when I have disappointed You.
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