I just got home from JH Believe a few hours ago and spent some time going over material for Reset tomorrow. Being completely exhausted (already) from a long weekend, I wasn’t going to blog tonight, but just happened to glance at my Bible and felt God speak so I wanted to share it…
1 Samuel 16:1-3
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
The LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”
Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”
Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the LORD chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
So he sent and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came on David in power.
I wonder how excited Jesse was that day? When Samuel came knocking at the door and announced that he was picking the next king, I wonder just how long it took for Jesse’s pulse to slow back down? We miss out on that detail, but we catch the next one…
Jesse has eight sons and immediately called seven to come interview with Samuel. They come and Samuel takes a look at the first, Eliab, and is convinced the process is finished. He’s found the next king and he’s ready to anoint him and head home but God stops him. There’s something – we’re not told what – in Eliab’s heart that shouts, “Unwilling servant!” Something tells God that he’s not king material. Something’s obvious to God that Samuel and Jesse just don’t see.
Samuel goes through the seven sons pretty quickly and undoubtedly feels a disappointment. None of these boys get picked to be on God’s team. None of them pass the Spirit test. Jesse owns up to having another son and Samuel immediately sends for him. That little spark of hope in God’s Will has been relit.
I don’t know what Jesse thought was wrong with David, but it’s obvious that no one thought he stood a shot at being king. He wasn’t even invited to the “King Picking Party.” He was left out in the field with the sheep while all the really important stuff happened at home.
Ever feel that way? Ever feel like no one is rooting for you and everyone – even mom and dad – is just waiting for you to fail? There’s nothing more demoralizing than feeling totally alone in an uphill battle.
I’m guessing that that’s how David felt. He already had the qualifications to be king (whatever those were). He already had the character traits God was looking for. He had already been chosen by God, he just didn’t know it yet. And so he struggled to feel good enough.
If you’re feeling like you’re just not good enough, stop. Right now. Don’t let Satan lie to you anymore. It doesn’t matter what accomplishments you have or don’t have. It doesn’t matter what success you’ve experienced or not experienced. It doesn’t matter what qualifications you’ve earned or not earned. When God’s looking for a servant, the only thing that matters is your heart. And you already have that.
God’s not looking at a resume, He’s looking at character, compassion, patience, teachability, courage. He’s looking at who you are, not who you look like.
Don’t let yourself get stuck out with the sheep, feeling unimportant, useless and unworthy anymore. You might be out with the sheep, but it’s because your heart loves those sheep more than any other heart ever created.
It’s time to be chosen. It’s time to rise and be anointed. It’s time to be a king.