God Hath Chosen

L. Campbell Evans

A heathen was called into a covenant of blessing with God to become the father of nations. In the distance on the backside of a mountain, an old man heard a voice in a burning bush, conversed with the bush, and lead an entire nation out of captivity! A young, ruddy of complexion boy who tended his father's sheep was anointed king of Israel when there was already a king. The misfits of the kingdom of Israel were chosen to be David's mighty men of valor. The man who was chosen to be the high priest of God helped build the golden calf and still maintained that position after he built it! The son of a Satanist would become a God fearing king and restore the house of the Lord which his father had destroyed. A lowly tax collector and other unmentionables were chosen to walk with Him and become Apostles. The greatest persecutor of the church was chosen to become the Apostle of Grace and to write two-thirds of the New Testament.

An old woman was chosen to bear a son of promise. A Hebrew woman was chosen to save her people and became the wife of a king. and a Moabitess became the wife of a near-kinsman redeemer. A young unknown, unmarried maiden was chosen to carry the holy seed of God that would deliver mankind. A lowly carpenter was chosen to nurture and raise that holy seed!

As we peer into the holy Writ we find that God's way is never the way of man. For who may I inquire would have chosen the any of the aforementioned. And may I say here, 'who would have chosen you'?!!!

Throughout time immemorial, man has sought to improve on the ways of God seeking to exalt that which is pleasing to the eye, feeds the pride of life, and fulfills the lust of the flesh. "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ" (1Cor. 2:16). Ah yes, many think that they do, however one must realize that to have the mind of Christ, is to have that same mind which is totally submissive to the Father's will as we can clearly see in Hebrews 10:7 "then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God", and then, Hebrews 10:9 "then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God".

So let us take a closer look at the 'chosen of the Lord'.

Even those who are called and sent by the Father oftentimes do not have the mind of God in a matter. Even today, many are moved by what they 'feel', 'see', or what they 'think they know'. As we will see in the following scriptures, God had provided Himself a king and told Samuel that He would reveal to him who it was. Let's consider the following:

1Sam. 16:1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I HAVE PROVIDED FOR MYSELF a king among his sons."

1Sam. 16:3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I WILL SHOW YOU what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me him WHOM I NAME TO YOU."

Can we perceive in our hearts the depth of the meaning of the words "I have provided for Myself!" The plans and purposes of God are oftentimes beyond the scope of our comprehension, however somehow, we always seem to think that we can help Him along. But the Lord always provides for Himself in every season and circumstance. The Lord was telling Samuel to GO and that He would SHOW him who He was to anoint. So, as instructed, Samuel goes to the house of Jesse and informs him that God has sent him to anoint a king for Israel. One by one the sons of Jesse pass before him and Samuel thinks in his heart, SURELY THIS IS THE ONE! However, one by one God rejects each one of them. For some reason, Samuel was easily moved by his own perception of each young man. When there was not one left to anoint, Samuel once again heard the voice of the Lord:

1Sam. 16:7…."Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his 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."

What a valuable lesson this is for all of us and one that we need always keep before us. When we look through our natural eyes, we cannot see what God sees. The carnal mind cannot comprehend the heart of God in a matter. So often we like what we see and we are moved in that direction. But outward abilities and appearances matter not to our Father, for it is the heart that He is focused on. Even Jesse thought that he knew who the Lord had chosen, for in the beginning he did not send for David:

1Sam. 16:10 And JESSE MADE seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD HAS NOT CHOSEN THESE."

1Sam. 16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and fetch him; for we will not sit down till he comes here."

1Sam. 16:12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. And the LORD said, "ARISE, ANOINT HIM, FOR THIS IS HE!"

Who would have chosen David? Not his natural father, for he did not send for him until instructed by Samuel. And yes – not even Samuel perceived of there being another until God had rejected all those that passed before him. It was only then that he inquired as to the existence of another son. So it is with us today. Man, unless moved by the Spirit of God, does not choose as God would. People look for extraordinary people for service and position. God simply chooses the ordinary and makes them extraordinary! He takes the unfavorable and gives them favor. The unlearned and grants them wisdom beyond man's comprehension.

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 1 Cor. 1:26

Paul is writing to those that are not wise after the flesh, who consider themselves not to be mighty or noble. He was also writing to the NOT MANY who possessed these attributes, telling them that only a few would be chosen. Few there be that are wise, noble, and mighty that would consider others of less esteem to be part of the body with them except at times through their words, but their actions display the place of the heart.

Why NOT MANY wise, noble or mighty???? Well, if one were wise, would he consider that he needed the wisdom of God. If one were mighty, would he ever consider himself weak and in need of the strength of the Lord? If one were noble, would he be able to perceive his true lowliness in need of one greater than himself? Very few ever would. Jesus said, "IT IS THE FATHER WITHIN ME, HE DOETH THE WORK! Yes, NOT MANY perceive their need of God nor recognize their source that enables them to do anything.

So sad that it is that many base their own personal value on the thoughts and opinions of others. If this is you beloved, do not be caught in this trap. Your value and calling has nothing to do with your natural abilities, position in the community, nor your acceptability before others. You were created by the creator of the universe and believe me He know what He is doing and He does not make mistakes! My goodness, He even spoke through a donkey! 'Natural' ability is not the key, for it is not the 'anointing'. Because so many confuse their 'natural' abilities with anointing, they never realize that ANOINTING and EMPOWERMENT by the Holy Spirit is the only thing that matters. Natural abilities can only take one so far, and the 'so far' falls far short of the ultimate in Him.

"NOT MANY" – most who are wise, mighty, and noble, have a lack of humility of heart and feel they do not need God. They excel in their communities, prosper in their agendas and adventures, and are 'self-sufficient' in their own abilities, but their dependency upon the Lord is most lacking. They are self-made men/women proudly displaying their accomplishments without any reference to one greater than themselves. Romans 12:3-5 For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

But GOD hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

That no flesh should glory in his presence.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1Cor. 1:26-31

Throughout the history of man, God has always chosen that which man would not choose. When man does the choosing, he chooses what he wants without regard to the heart of God. But a man, having the mind of Christ in a matter, will choose that which is in the heart of God. Carnally minded men will resent the chosen of the Lord.

Let us consider what Paul said in the following:

1Cor 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

1Cor 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1Cor 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1Cor 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1Cor 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Paul was a Pharisee, highly educated and esteemed by many until he fell to the feet of Jesus. Then rejected of his own, even the Christians did not want him at first. For he had persecuted and killed many, HOW COULD GOD HAVE POSSIBLE CHOSEN HIM! Paul is a good example of one who had to be come as nothing to be used of God. All his wisdom, teaching, qualifications, etc., meant nothing. He had joined the ranks of the uneducated fisherman, the labor force of the day.

1Cor 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

1Cor 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Can you see it? Can you hear it? The hidden wisdom of God is given freely to us 'unto our glory'! GOD EMPOWERS HIS PEOPLE AND GIVES THEM A WISDOM, THE WISDOM OF GOD THAT IS HIDDEN, A MYSTERY TO THE NATURAL CARNAL WISDOM OF MAN!

Corinthians I 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Corinthians I 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

The depth of God's plan for your life goes beyond comprehension. He knew you before you were ever in your mother's womb and called you by your name. Know beloved, that you are a child of destiny and that you have been purposed in the heart of God before you ever KNEW Him!

1Cor 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1Cor 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1Cor 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Cor 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1Cor 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

One final thought that I wish to leave with you this holiday season. Pages upon pages could be written expounding upon these scriptures, but YOU HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST! Father desires to speak to you NOW! You CAN spiritually discern the things of the Spirit of God! Volumes of books and writings cannot fully expound upon the revelation available in this article. As you embark upon this New Year, meditate upon these scriptures and let the Lord unfold to you His purpose for your life, and the enduring qualities you have in Him. No longer let the heart of another man hold you back. It is time to no longer know yourself after the flesh, for flesh will never measure up to Spirit. 2Cor 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. That includes ourselves. We are not to know ourselves after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Revelation 11:1-2 tells us not to measure the OUTERCOURT, only measure the TEMPLE and the ALTAR. The reason is simple…….the Temple and the Altar cannot be measured for it is limitless in its purpose………however, the Outercourt can be measured and is LIMITED! So look not to yourself, nor your natural abilities, but measure the Temple and Altar, measure the Spirit and heart of God and you shall perceive the vast expanse of His boundless power, goodness, and mercy.