3. Your David moment

Last week we saw that God wants 100% commitment to Him. King Saul, the first king of Israel was unfortunately not 100% committed to God and therefore God chose another king for Israel. He then sent Samuel to go to Bethlehem and to anoint a new king for Him there. God gave him specific instructions saying that he should have a sacrifice there and that he should invite Jesse and his sons. Samuel was 100% obedient and he went and followed God's instructions.

Jesse and his sons came and Samuel looked at each of them. His first reaction was that Eliab must be the new chosen king. But God's reaction is so beautiful to me:

"Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

God looks so differently than us, and yet today we can also look as He does, because we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We simply need to let go of our ego who wants to look out of the world's glasses and take a hold of His Spirit and see as He sees!

Samuel stayed obedient and asked that Jesse call his other sons too. One by one they walked past, but God didn't choose any of them. It was only when Samuel asked whether all of Jesse's sons were there that Jesse actually thought of David. David was out tending the sheep and his father didn't even think to invite him. But when Samuel asked that he be sent, he came and was anointed the moment he walked in, right there in front of his brothers and father. Can you imagine how shocked Jesse and his sons must have been? David was the youngest and in their eyes the least likely to be anointed and yet this was what happened.

Today we must realize that God works in wonderful ways. He doesn't look at this world as most of us do. He looks at the heart and He sees potential. Can you imagine how David must have felt? He wasn't even invited to this party. He was looked down upon because he was the youngest and yet he was the one being anointed.

Maybe you also feel like David sometimes. You might feel that you are not as good-looking as the rest, or you don't have the same talents that the others have or you are always last to receive any promotion or any acclaim. You might feel as if God has overlooked you when it came to gifts and that God is 'talking' to everyone except you. You might feel as if you are 'only looking after the sheep' and not doing something important for God. But that is where you have it wrong. God doesn't look that way. He looks at our willingness, our hearts dedicated to Him, and once He sees that, your David moment will come. God is so pleased when He sees a heart willing to serve Him. He is so pleased when He sees that we want to obey Him wholeheartedly. He will honor that. He will use you. Maybe not with worldly acclaim accompanying it, but He will use you mightily for His Kingdom.

Just be patient. Be obedient in the small things that God has placed on your path right now. Rejoice in what He wants you to do right now, and do it to the best of your ability. God sees your heart and before long your David moment will come. He will honor you and lift you unto a new plain of influence. Once again not as you would think in the world, but on a spiritual level second to none. Look forward to it whilst 'tending your sheep'. Your time will come.

Father we look forward to our David moment. Thank you that we can know that You know what is best for us and what will work for us. We trust You inexplicitly with our lives and we want to be obedient right there where we are. Show us the way Lord! In Jesus' Name. Amen


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