April 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm #14877
I‚Äôm the one, all right!
As we read our daily newspapers, watch the news broadcasts, listen to current events programming on the radio, we are bombarded by the good and the bad of our public figures. As we approach elections in the few months, we are already seeing evidence of ‚Äėpoliticking‚Äô as each possible ‚Äėwinner‚Äô plays to the media, to us the electors, all in the name of ‚ÄúI am the one, all right!‚ÄĚ
This reminded me of the story of Samuel‚Äôs choosing of David as the next King of Israel. It is a fascinating story! One ripe for a soap opera episode!
1 Samuel 3When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, ‚ÄúHere he is! God‚Äôs anointed!‚ÄĚ
7 But God told Samuel, ‚ÄúLooks aren‚Äôt everything. Don‚Äôt be impressed with his looks and stature. I‚Äôve already eliminated h
10 Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse, ‚ÄúGod hasn‚Äôt chosen any of these.‚ÄĚ
11 Then he asked Jesse, ‚ÄúIs this it? Are there no more sons?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWell, yes, there‚Äôs the runt. But he‚Äôs out tending the sheep.‚ÄĚ
Samuel ordered Jesse, ‚ÄúGo get him. We‚Äôre not moving from this spot until he‚Äôs here.‚ÄĚ
12 Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health‚ÄĒbright-eyed, good-looking.
God said, ‚ÄúUp on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.‚ÄĚ
13 Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.
Samuel left and went home to Ramah.
Even the prophet Samuel was swayed by worldly appearances, so we shouldn‚Äôt be surprised that we are. Samuel took one look at Jesse‚Äôs first son, Eliab, and said to himself, ‚Äúthis is the next king of Israel!‚ÄĚ But he was mistaken. It was David, called from the fields, intentionally uninvited to the sacrifice, whom God had chosen. God chose the baby of the family over the eldest, the shepherd boy over the apparent heir. Isn‚Äôt this always God‚Äôs way, to choose the most unlikely one for the mission?
Still we keeping on choosing the apparent leaders among us. We put giants in charge, forgetful that God choose the ‚Äúlittle ones‚ÄĚ. We prefer Phillistines, while God like kids with slinghots! We seek powerful people to fill powerful roles, while God chooses a barren couple to produce a nation (Abraham and Sarah), a stammerer for a mouthpiece (Moses), a virgine to bring forth salvation (Mary. If you are small , weak, and passed up by the world, God expects great things from you! If you are big, strong, and important, God expects you to follow the meek ones.
Who are the weak and small ones God has chosen to lead you along your way?
[Inspired by Alice Camille‚Äôs ‚ÄúThis Transforming Word‚ÄĚ based on The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson.]
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