How true are the three simple sentences above? Not only for David, but for many others throughout the Bible. But wait, it doesn't stop there...it's true for me and you today!
As I shared this devotion with the youth this past Wednesday night, I reminded them how David was the youngest of his brothers and was sent off to be a shepherd which was not a promising job. The Lord sent Samuel to visit Jesse of Bethlehem and said that He had chosen one of Jesse's 8 sons to be king. When Samuel arrived, he first met the oldest son, Elijab, and thought surely he would be the next king. But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. 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 Samuel 16:7). All of the sons came before Samuel but none of them were worthy. Meanwhile, David was out doing his job and tending sheep so they sent for him and he came before Samuel.
"Then the Lord said 'Rise and anoint him; he is the one.' " (1 Samuel 16:12)
As I told the youth, we need to remember this story in our own daily lives especially when being a teenager. Don't worry about how others see us for they don't know our hearts. God does, however, and He knows what is best for each and every one of us and will guide us on the correct path if we will listen and follow Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6
Have a great week!