Equipping the Called

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S (Scripture): 1 Samuel 16:6 When they (Jesse’s sons) arrived, Samuel noticed Eliab and said to himself, “Surely, here before the Lord stands his chosen king!” 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”…16:10 Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 16:11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Is that all of the young men?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest one, but he’s taking care of the flock.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we cannot turn our attention to other things until he comes here.”

O (Observation): Eventually, The Lord tells Samuel that David, the youngest brother, was the one to be anointed as king.

This selection was a strange one, since the oldest child always received a bulk of the blessings, as the main inheritor of the parent’s goods and land and family name.

On top of this strangeness lies another fact: God looks on the heart, and not just on outward appearance. I don’t know what God saw in David’s heart, but this selection process gives all people hope.

A (Application): This selection of King David gives us all hope. God will not select ONLY those who are more handsome, talented, wiser…but God will select those whom God chooses. To me, this isn’t so much about needing to have a “more pure heart,” so that God would “pick me.” (In fact, one simply has to look at David’s adventures with Bathsheba to know that he was not totally pure of heart.). More to the point, this selection process counters the way the world, and even the church, selects leaders.

God is the one who chooses us. God is the one who equips and prepares us. God doesn’t just call the equipped, God equips those who are called.

And even when called, we’ll goof it up at times. But let those moments of failure and brokenness remind us of God’s mercy and grace, for we cannot go through this life on our own.

Where / when have you felt called? Was this unexpected? Did you respond? Did you succeed or fail learn?

P (Prayer): Lord, call us, and help others to see this call in our hearts, so that they, too, might come to faith in You. Amen.

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