The Lord sees not as man seesL man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. –1 Samuel 16:7.
To most citizens of the United States, Yorktown Battlefield is hallowed ground. There, patriots fought the last battle of the American Revolution. There, George Washington and his troops methodically wore down Lord Cornwallis and the British redcoats he commanded. There, on the morning of October 17,1781, a drummer marched out of the British encampment, followed by an officer waving a white handkerchief. The war of Independence was over.
If you were yo visit the Yorktown battlefield today, you would be surprised by how ordinary it looks. Tall grass blows in the wind. A few trees are scattered at random across the site. The soil is brown, and the sky is blue. It looks like any other field, any other pasture. But Yorktown is revered because of the significant events, the extraordinary events, that happened there.
King David has been revered by God’s people for centuries and millennia. In the genealogy of Jesus, David gets top billing:
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham –Matthew 1:1.
David is mentioned in the first line of the first Gospel of the first book of the New Testament. His name comes before Abraham’s! This man of God will be forever remembered, forever honored.
David, however, was just an ordinary man. Just like any other man, David was made of flesh and blood, muscles and sinew. His inclusion in the genealogy of our Savior is not on account of his extraordinary character or distinctiveness. Rather, David’s inclusion in the genealogy of Jesus is on account of God’s work in David’s life. David is revered because of the extraordinary work that God did through this ordinary man.
Man of God, you are made of flesh and blood, muscles and sinew, just as David was. You struggle and sin and walk by faith, just did. God is at work in you and through you. His using you to do extraordinary things –showing Christ’s love, raising a family, sharing the peace of sins forgiven. And through you, God is furthering the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
From the book Man of God Walking by Faith