The Greatest Gift
Reading Selection for December 13th
“Looking on Hearts”
I Samuel 16:7b (NLT) – “People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
In the story of the prophet Samuel seeking out the son of Jesse to anoint as king, the Bible tells us that seven of Jesse’s sons appeared before Samuel and the Lord rejected them all as the next potential king. Even though to the human eye they may all have seemed to be future-king-material, God said no. Samuel had to ask Jesse if he had other sons before it was revealed that the youngest was not there.
David, the youngest son of Jesse, was overlooked and unseen, except by God. God knew David wasn’t there. In fact, God knew exactly where David was the whole time – he was out faithfully tending his father’s sheep. It seems to me God could have sent Samuel straight to David and bypassed the whole parade of rejection of Jesse’s other seven sons.
But God was making a point. God is always making a point. He’s always speaking, He’s always wooing, He’s always calling, and He’s always coming.
That day God was coming for David. He was calling him because even then, David was a man after God’s own heart. Even in the everyday ordinariness of the pasture, God took notice. God always takes notice.
Have you ever felt forgotten and unseen in the mundane, ordinary things of life, in your own version of sheep tending? Have you ever felt like you were missing out on the party while you were busy doing laundry or changing diapers? Have you ever wondered if there is anything more than the pasture you’re currently in?
God hasn’t missed a thing. He sees you, right now in your holy ordinary and He’s coming for you.