There’s a phrase in the Bible which says, “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34, KJV). This means that God does not show favoritism based on a person’s appearance or apparent success. In the Old Testament we read that David experienced many trials in his life and was finally exalted to the position of king over Israel. In his heart he wanted to build a temple for the Lord, but this was not the Lord’s plan for him. After David proclaimed his desire to build, God spoke through the prophet Nathan to him saying, “I took you from the pasture and from following the flock, to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone…” (1 Chronicles 17:7-8a). While David was enjoying the peak of his splendor and prosperity, God reminded him, “I took you from the pasture.” Let this speak to your heart about always remembering God’s grace and goodness. He is the One who takes us from our “going nowhere” past. He is the One who spares us from the empty and vain life we could have pursued. And, no matter how blessed we are, we need to be reminded of the source of all these blessings…and not trust in them but in the Lord himself. In our self-centered tendencies, we sometimes fantasize that we are the reason for our success and blessings. But then, God reminds us of the pastures! In Israel, being a shepherd was the most humble and lowest of occupations. When I was in Africa, we stopped at a large field where goatherds were watching their goats. They were young people from 10 to 14 years old. Apparently, no one thought this job worthy of an adult’s attention. David’s days of humble beginnings were replaced by favor and blessings beyond his wildest imagination. God, who is no respecter of persons, gently warned His son to remember where he came from. May we never forget the grace of the Lord Jesus who saved us from an empty life of ultimate destruction. Along with the Apostle Paul, may we say, “By the grace of God, I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Pastor Mark Boucher