Called, Gifted & Chosen by God

Scripture (1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a )

The LORD said to Samuel:
"Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons."

As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
Samuel looked at Eliab and thought,
"Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him."
But the LORD said to Samuel:
"Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because man sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart."
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
"The LORD has not chosen any one of these."
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
"Are these all the sons you have?"
Jesse replied,
"There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep."
Samuel said to Jesse,
"Send for him;
we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here."
Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
and making a splendid appearance.
The LORD said,
"There—anoint him, for this is the one!"
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

Reflection

The LORD said to Samuel:

"Fill your horn with oil and be on your way.

I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, 

for I have chosen my king from among his sons."

I love the story of God’s calling of David in Samuel 16.  It’s the story of a young man who is gifted, chosen, and called by God - and the story of two older men, Jesse and Samuel, who God put in David’s life.  One called out greatness in him.  The other did not.

Put yourself in David’s shoes.  A respected prophet of God shows up at your house.  He tells your father “One of your sons will be the next King. Bring them in so I can select from them.”   And your dad calls in all his sons…except you. On purpose. 

This is lack of affirmation at its worst.  And it was no accident.  Jesse genuinely did not believe his youngest son would be selected, so he intentionally did not call him. 

Imagine the lasting wound this would have on a young man.  

“My father does not believe in me.”  

Imagine the therapy bills.

But God knew the truth about David. 

God knew that David was truly a man after his own heart.  And because of this, he sent another man, Samuel, who could see what God saw, even though David’s own father didn’t. 

Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David. God used Samuel to unleash the potential in David in a way his own father, Jesse, could not.

Later in life, David was able to pen these words:

Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life;

Despite anything he had or would do wrong, David knew that God believed in him.  And this knowledge superseded anything his earthly father may have said, done, or believed about him.

 

Questions

  • Think about your own life. What does God see in you that you might not believe about yourself?
  • Reflect on the fact that God sent his own son, Jesus, to die for you - because He believes in YOU.  He was willing to make a sacrifice for YOU, because of who he believes you are: Loved.
  • Put yourself in Samuel's shoes:  Who might God be wanting you to call out greatness in?  Is there someone who is surrounded by people who don’t believe in them, that you could be a voice of God’s truth to? Are you willing to call that out in them?
God doesn’t choose people because of their ability, but because of their availability.
— Brother Andrew
 
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Action 

FAST:  from negative thoughts about yourself and abilities. 

PRAY:  to be able to discern God's call.   

GIVE: affirmation to someone who is uncertain of their value. 

 

Author

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Jesse Oxford is the creative director at Ox Creative. We create meaningful campaigns for leading brands and organizations working to do GOOD in the world.