Devotional: Nobody Else
By Dr. Barri Cae Seif
“You are a God who sees”
Do you ever wake up and feel alone? Do you ever feel as though no one cares? No one even would know if you died? Do you ever feel like a nobody?
In these days of the Internet, of social networking, of fast-paced demands all around us, it is easy to feel as though one has been forsaken by God. Have you ever sat in traffic and wondered if God loved you? I have!
Some people like the winter days; they love the coziness of being inside with the furnace stoked, with the fireplace going. They do not like the summer with its sunshine. Then there are those who are not fond of the winter. Perhaps they have a physical aversion to the colder temperatures. They do not like the grey days. There is a sorrow that comes over them during the winter months.
Have you ever been disappointed by God? If you are honest enough to admit that you have been disappointed by God, then rejoice, as you are in great company. Many great saints of the Bible also felt disappointed by God.
Think about Samuel, a godly obedient man of God. He had been raised up by God to anoint a king in Israel. He was the last priest in Israel and the first prophet. God used him to usher in the kingly dynasty of Israel. Samuel thought Saul was his man. He had been on a search for ‘kingly talent’ and put his hopes in the man, Saul. He was fervent about Saul. Samuel thought that Saul, the man ‘of the flesh’ was his man for the job of King of Israel. Yet Saul was a disappointment – to Israel, to himself and to Samuel. Think of the embarrassment of Samuel and his depression, thinking that he ‘knew’ God’s will. Samuel goes to his own home; maybe he decided to ‘hunker down’, never to appear in public anymore as he was disappointed in Saul and in his own decision-making ability. He must have felt like a nobody.
How good is God! He comes to Samuel and says to snap out of it! “How long will you grieve over Saul, since 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 selected a king for Myself among his sons.” (1 Samuel 16:1) God knows how to pull us out of the hole of our own pity party! Samuel obeys, goes to Bethlehem. Then the LORD directs him. The LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (I Sam. 16:7)
Samuel obeys and through a wonderful course of events, selects the young man, David, to be king. With God’s help and direction, Samuel went from his feeling as a nobody, to being a nobody else.
One of my most favorite financial radio personalities says “live like nobody else so that someday you will live like nobody else.” We serve a mighty God, a God who is omniscient, He sees all.
For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chron. 16:9a
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. Ps. 34:15
For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths. Pro 15:3
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. Prov. 5:21
“FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.” (I Peter 3:12)
Maybe you have been feeling like a nobody lately. But if you are a child of the King, if you know Yeshua as LORD and Savior of your life, He will bid you to live like nobody else so that someday you will live like nobody else.