Archive for September 9th, 2013

David & Identity

Tonight I attended the second Chi Alpha Monday Night Live meeting. It was even better than the first, I thought, and I definitely plan to regularly attend through the rest of the semester and hopefully beyond. On the way home, I thought about that and my Daily Devotion thing, and decided that on Monday nights I could recap what was discussed there rather than doing my own reading. So that’s what I’ll do.

The discussion series for this semester is all about the life of David, using it as a model for the way a life with God looks like, not just in the good times, but the bad as well. So of course, we started where David first shows up in the Bible, 1 Samuel 16, which I already studied a little bit last Thursday. The speaker’s first major point actually deals with one of the verses I highlighted there, 1 Samuel 16:7-“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of [one of David’s brother’s stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

He went on explaining how the world wants to identify us with a number of worldly things: appearance (like Samuel did when looking for a new king of Israel), wealth, achievement, performance, etc., etc., etc. Instead, he reminded us how, as Christians, the very first and only thing we need to identify ourselves with should be with Jesus and our relationship with him. To quote Colossians 3:3, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Again, this refers to our trust and faith in God, which seems to be a running theme in my posts. Well, I would right more, but my bed is calling. Good night.


Jars of Clay – Love in Hard Times