Key Passage: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Key Text: 1Samuel 16: 12 – ‘And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him, for this is he’.
Appointments are mostly political and sometimes even the most qualified can be disqualified, because they do not have the right connections or pedigree according to human standards. That is why some people seem to get certain jobs or positions and others seemingly qualified or better don’t get these jobs.
Left to David’s father, Jesse, when Samuel approached him to anoint one of his sons as king over Israel David did not make it to the first round. David was the last born of eight brothers, not known as a great warrior, just a shepherd of sheep. His father did not rate him that highly, so he never presented him before Samuel.
Many of us do not qualify for some of the high positions God has ordained for us according to human standards. But God applies very different rules to appointment of leaders. He looks at other things fleshly humans never consider in appointing leaders. In the case of Jesse, he looked at the physical appearance of his sons. He looked at their ranks in the army. He looked at their birth positions. But all these criteria did not impress God. He is the creator of all human beings and he knows all of us so well.
So in picking a King for Israel, God looked at something most important. He looked at the heart of the person. He looked at the person’s dedication to little chores. He looked at the passion of the person. No one knew that David had already put his life in harms way for his father’s sheep. Nobody saw him go after a lion and snatch a young lamb from its jaws. No one saw him kill a lion. No one saw him confront a bear and fight it off when it attacked his father’s sheep. No one saw him spend endless hours worshipping God and declaring how great God is. No one saw him dedicate and consecrate himself to God. No one saw him declare that God was his father. But God saw him. He saw his heart. He saw his dedication.
God told Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
How is your heart before God? Ultimately, God will appoint you over His things, not based on your earthly qualifications, but more on the content and quality of your heart. Most things we do for God that men do not notice; let me assure you that God sees them and when the time is right God will appoint you and man cannot stop His appointment.
Honestly, I want to encourage you to be faithful to God and to serve Him whether man acknowledges you or not. Do all things diligently for Him and one day, your day will come.
David was overlooked by men; passed over by men; but God had destined him for greatness. At the appointed time, God brought him forth. Is this you?
Let’s Pray: Father God, thank you that you do not look at what men look at. Thank you that you look much deeper and you see the heart of every man. Father God may you find in my heart a heart full of grace and love for you. May you remember me on the day of your appointment. May I never give up on serving you and may I never lose my commitment to you. Lord I ask these things in Jesus name. Amen.