The Insignificant Ones

March 30, 2017

1 Samuel 16:8-13

Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 9Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit downa until he arrives.”

12So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”

13So 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 upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah.

The Insignificant Ones

Have your ever felt like one of the insignificant.  Maybe one that no one seems to pay much attention too and not one of  much worldly significance or notoriety  You may love God with all of your heart and have wonderful times of fellowship with Him, but socially, you may remain rather lonely and distant from close human relationships.  You may have thought of yourself as really nothing special or significant, even in God’s eyes, but God is watching your life.  He sees where your heart is, what you set your mind upon and what matters to you the most.  

I rather think that is how David felt growing up as boy.  Probably, being the youngest, he was just someone underfoot and considered more of annoyance than a help.  When he was old enough he became like the hired servant sent out to tend and take care of the sheep.  In his family’s world he was probably more like, “out of sight, out of mind.”  From the passage we read here in 1 Samuel it would appear like he might not have even been considered a significant member of the family.   Has anyone of you ever felt like that?

Aren’t we glad that God doesn’t see us as man sees?  His eyes are always searching our heart, our motives and intent.  You may feel in your life that you have been more or less passed over by others that were, more intellectual, charismatic, talented or better looking.  That was David, forgotten in the hill country near Bethlehem.  I want to encourage you today that what you are in the sight of men, might be quite different from what you are in the sight of God.  Even though God may not have done anything earthshaking through you yet, it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t have His eye on you, as He is quietly grooming your heart and spirit for His service.

I remember as a younger Christians, my aunt sharing a scripture with my wife and I that was of great encouragement to us from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

God wants to encourage you today if you have ever been discouraged that you weren’t anything and that God couldn’t use you, you were wrong.  If you are not anything from a worldly perspective then you may be exactly whom God is looking to use.  Why, because in our weakness He is made strong and in our foolishness, He is shown wise.  He uses the things that “are not” to nullify the things that are.  

He took this young ruddy teenager that was forgotten back in the hills of Bethlehem and anointed him to be king.  God set him in the palace to minister to the king and then he used this little nobody boy to slay the giant that was the stronghold and tyrant over Israel.  

2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”  What God is looking for is not in your outward man, it is in your heart.   Even if no one else notices you, pursue the Father with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.  This is the one He is searching for and He will exalt you in due season.  Be faithful where you are.

blessings,

#kent

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