April 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm #14877
Iām 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 āpolitickingā as each possible āwinnerā plays to the media, to us the electors, all in the name of āI am the one, all right!ā
This reminded me of the story of Samuelās 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, āHere he is! Godās anointed!ā
7 But God told Samuel, āLooks arenāt everything. Donāt be impressed with his looks and stature. Iāve already eliminated h
10 Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse, āGod hasnāt chosen any of these.ā
11 Then he asked Jesse, āIs this it? Are there no more sons?ā
āWell, yes, thereās the runt. But heās out tending the sheep.ā
Samuel ordered Jesse, āGo get him. Weāre not moving from this spot until heās here.ā
12 Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of healthābright-eyed, good-looking.
God said, āUp on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.ā
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 shouldnāt be surprised that we are. Samuel took one look at Jesseās first son, Eliab, and said to himself, āthis is the next king of Israel!ā 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. Isnāt this always Godās 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 ālittle onesā. 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 Camilleās āThis Transforming Wordā based on The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson.]
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