The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve for Saul, when I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have chosen a king for Myself among his sons.
1 Samuel 16:1
Today as we start a new week, and we reflect on what we discussed last week (living beyond self). Let us begin this week by asking ourselves what it is God is looking for in those He would anoint as His servants and send forth.
And who better to look at than the very journey of David, a man after God’s own heart.
King Saul became a terrible disappointment in the sight of God as He failed to live beyond himself and walk in the ways that pleased God. Instead, Saul was caught up in trying to please everyone (God, man and self) around him. Unfortunately, this is never possible and should always be a reminder for us that to live beyond ourselves God should be our focus – living our lives in a way that pleases Him.
As a result of God’s disappointment, Samuel was sent to go and find someone God would anoint as the new king over Israel, someone God would be pleased with.
Instead of heading to the biggest and greatest city in the area, God sends him to one of the smallest. Instead of looking at the greatest and strongest tribe among the 12 tribes of Israel, God picks the smallest one.
To this very day, we still manage to think this way; thinking that when the Lord picks men and women to do something extraordinary that He only goes to the latest, greatest and busiest cities around us in order to find these people. Thinking this way certainly causes us to overlook those humble in stature, found in the most insignificant (even dangerous) areas around us.
Here again we fail to look beyond ourselves and our thinking, and need to line it up with that which God desires from us.
Perhaps over the next few days as we look at the journey towards a new king, we need to change our thinking in such a way that would cause us to take note of what we see and hear around us. God might just be trying to grab our attention by using the least likely candidate in order to bring a message of hope and love.
My friend, let us move beyond the boundaries we have created in our minds and move into that which God has on His heart and mind. We all desire to become the men and women He has called for, but it starts by searching God’s heart and getting to know Him better, then living accordingly.
Heavenly Father. What a mind blowing God You are. You continue to baffle us by the way You choose to do things. Help me to move beyond my thinking and into that which You have on Your heart. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.