Thursday 31st August 2017 - Bible verse:
1 Samuel 13:1-16 David is Chosen by Richard Cowling

Yesterday we had a look at 1 Samuel 8 and how the elders of Israel had called for a king to rule over them like the other nations. Samuel had warned them what would happen, however they still demanded a king to rule over them. And the king appointed was Saul. Things had started OK for Saul, however things quickly went downhill, and in 1 Samuel 15, we read that God had rejected Saul as the king of Israel.

The people had their choice of king and it went wrong. However look at what God has to say at the start of chapter 16 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.

God had now chosen for Israel a new king! And this was God's choice, not man's! And so Samuel, in obedience to the call of God, goes to Bethlehem to anoint the man that God had chosen. And so in comes the first son, Eliab, and Samuel sees him and thinks 'this must be the guy that God has chosen!'

And then comes the key verse. God says to Samuel "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

God isn't interested in your height, your strength, your appearance, your qualifications, your status, or whatever else it may be that the world looks at in terms of leadership. He looks at the condition of the heart and for the heart to be turned to Him, even if in the worlds eyes, the weakest candidate is chosen.

And that is certainly the case here. The sons are brought before Samuel, one after another, and each are rejected by God. And so eventually, Samuel turns to Jesse and asks "Are these all the sons that you have?" And of course, it wasn't! There was still the youngest, David, who was out looking after the sheep! He must have been the unlikeliest candidate ever. So much so that whilst all the other brothers were being brought before Samuel, one after another, David was just out in the field. And yet, when he came before Samuel, God says "Rise and anoint him; this is the one."

Is God calling you to something and you are fighting against it as you feel there are far more others better suited for the role or far more qualified for the role? God is calling you! He isn't looking at anything else other than your heart, so make sure your is in the right condition before God. And remember, when God calls you: He equips you, He qualifies you, He is with you! That was the case for David and it is the same for you too!

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