May 25 – Chosen
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-17:37 / John 15:1-16:4 / Psalm 67:1-7
You may have experienced a time in life when you were excluded or not chosen. Maybe you were the last one picked when they choose sides for a game. Possibly you were left off a team or didn’t make the cut. People aren’t chosen because they are not fast enough, strong enough, good enough or smart enough.
Saul was a popular and an obvious choice for King because he was head and shoulders above everyone else. When God told Samuel to anoint a new King from the sons of Jesse, Samuel thought the oldest son, Eliab, was a sure choice. But God rejected Eliab and told Samuel not to look at his appearance or height. Why? Because, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam.16:7)
After Eliab, Jesse presented seven more sons to Samuel. God rejected every one of them and Samuel asked if there were any more sons. Jesse had one final son, the youngest one, David, who was tending the sheep. When Samuel saw David, he knew that he was looking at God’s chosen king.
Others would not have chosen David, but God did! David was young, soft and inexperienced yet God knew David had a God sized heart. He was a young man of faith, courage, boldness and humility.
What does God see in us? He sees what others do not see. God knows the depth of our faith, commitment and passion. He not only knows our potential, He has a divine plan for our lives. He directs our steps, placing us in life where we are most effective for His Kingdom. You are blessed…God has chosen you to be on His side!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!