People look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.
– 1 Sam 16:7b
So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” – 1 Sam 16:11a
Saul was out and God had a new king in mind for Israel, one after His own heart. Samuel was commanded to go to Jesse and inquire of his sons. Once all of the seven elder boys had been passed by God chose the youngest and smallest of them to fulfill His will with Israel.
The smallest, this is a recurring theme throughout Scripture. If we look at Israel, they were the smallest of nations chosen to be His. If we look at Jesus, He worked with 12 disciples at first, a small number of men who would do His will. And as we see here with David, God chooses the smallest form among Jesse’s children.
God can do amazing things with the smallest and least people. God wants us to know that it is God that does the work and not man. When I can recognize that in myself, then I can understand that my stature as a person or position in the community has little to do with how much God can do. My popularity at school, nor my popularity at work has nothing to do with how God chooses to move.
It falls to God and His will and plan in life, not mine. The more humble and lower in stature the person, the more God can do because He doesn’t have to contend with all the other stuff. God doesn’t have to contend with money in their life, He doesn’t have to contend with responsibilities of being popular, He doesn’t have to contend with the baggage that tends to come with these either.
No, He works with the least of these because they are humble and ready to do His work. They are usually broken and laid out and empty so He can fill them up. There is no coincidence that David was a Shepherd, the lowest of positions in Jewish society. And yet even our Savior comes to shepherd the people and that is what David was about to do for God.
So, do not be ashamed or dismiss your low position in life. No, embrace it as a position that God can work with and through. And if you are of high position, then do not let your pride, stuff, and money get in the way of letting God do good works through you; remain humble in heart. Remain humble in stature and faith, “Do not think more highly of yourself than you ought to.” (Rom 12:3) Instead let God work through you and me in our humility that we might become amazing workers for God.
In God we Rise,