“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do my will.”
Our God has the incredible ability to restore us and put us back on track. Psalm 23:3 says, “He restores my soul.” In other words, He gets me back on track. Verse 3 goes on to say, “He leads me in paths of righteousness.” Looking at it from your perspective you might say, “There has been some big gaps in my consistency.” From God’s perspective we read that He leads us in paths of righteousness. I like how Psalm 23 closes, “For His namesake.” God’s name is on the line and He holds Himself personally responsible for all of the sheep in His flock. The scripture also goes on to say that many are the falls of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them from them all. The Lord delivers you from your falls. In doing the will of God your fall will not be the defining factor of your life. His grace and mercy will be the defining indument for you to complete the will of God. Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again.” Notice He is not speaking about a sinner, but about a just man making mistakes.
God is very loyal to His people. He will get you back up. I love that about who He is. I think that for me I absolutely need to know that He has that power and ability not only for my life, but for every one of you in this congregation.
I love to consider the life of Peter because he is a man who is so completely true to who he is. The scripture gives us candid, accurate insights into his life and all the lives of the other disciples. They appear to be so much like us. These were Jesus’ apostles. They were the men who would take the gospel and turn the world upside down. Yet as you take off your stain glassed eyeglasses, you will see many very vivid insightful moments inside their lives. In all of that Jesus was gracious and showed us clearly how the heart of God works. He had a plan for those men. They had a purpose for their lives. There was a commission that was given and God never changed His mind in regards to those men who walked with Jesus. Jesus made it clear to Philip that “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” They needed to know that Father God wouldn’t be any different than the Son.
We need to know in this generation that Father God is no different than His son Jesus. The Jesus that is recorded in the scripture is the same today as He was then. He is calling us to purpose and fulfillment in doing the will of God and you will complete it and nothing can stop it. That is God’s plan for your life. What we need to do is come into agreement with it and walk by faith, hope, and love in regards to it.