April 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm #14877
Iâm 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 âpolitickingâ as each possible âwinnerâ plays to the media, to us the electors, all in the name of âI am the one, all right!â
This reminded me of the story of Samuelâs 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, âHere he is! Godâs anointed!â
7 But God told Samuel, âLooks arenât everything. Donât be impressed with his looks and stature. Iâve already eliminated h
10 Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse, âGod hasnât chosen any of these.â
11 Then he asked Jesse, âIs this it? Are there no more sons?â
âWell, yes, thereâs the runt. But heâs out tending the sheep.â
Samuel ordered Jesse, âGo get him. Weâre not moving from this spot until heâs here.â
12 Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of healthâbright-eyed, good-looking.
God said, âUp on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.â
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 shouldnât be surprised that we are. Samuel took one look at Jesseâs first son, Eliab, and said to himself, âthis is the next king of Israel!â 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. Isnât this always Godâs 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 âlittle onesâ. 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 Camilleâs âThis Transforming Wordâ based on The Message Bible by Eugene Peterson.]
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