“A Few Good Men” has been a theme of the U.S. Marine Corps for as long as I can remember. But, what kind of men does God seek to do his will? A brief look at the reigns of Saul and David give us a clue. Saul was known for disobedience and rebellion. He was seen as a failure as a king in God’s eyes. In fact, God even said that He was sorry He made Saul king over Israel (1 Samuel 15:11).  What kind of men did Saul seek to be a success?

 1 Samuel 14:52 There was hard fighting against the Philistines all the days of Saul. And when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he attached him to himself.

Do you see Saul’s approach? Saul was mesmerized by power. If he were in the Christian ministry, he would have been a “vision caster.” He would have hired church consultants and looked for the people with clout and large bank accounts. But things didn’t turn out so good for Saul. Let’s compare this with the team that David formed to fulfill God’s will:

1 Samuel 22:1-2David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became captain over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.

Did you catch that? Who did David become leader over? The distressed? The indebted? The bitter in soul? It was from this very group of men that David’s mighty men would develop. David, a man after God’s own heart, welcomed those that society had shunned. He became captain over the ones nobody wanted. I once heard someone say that in doing God’s work, you should want the ones that nobody wants and then they will become the ones that everybody wants.

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