7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” — 1 Sam. 16:7
Today’s passage introduces us to someone who may be the greatest inspirational, underdog of all time! In our text today we see where David’s story began.
God is ready to anoint a new king and tells Samuel to go to Jesse’s family to find the son who will be the next leader of Israel. Jesse brings out his sons. Samuel looks them all over and says to Jesse, "Are these the only sons you have?" Jesse says almost as an afterthought, "Well, there’s still the youngest."
What you need to understand that in Hebrew, the term “the youngest" didn’t only mean the LAST BORN, it also meant the LOWEST IN RANK. There’s a real big significance in that day to the whole birth order thing. They finally page David, and he comes pulling up in his broken down Ford Pinto. And God looks at David, and says, "That’s the one.”
The human race inevitably tends to OBSESS over external appearance. We tend to think that charm, attractiveness, and ability that leads to outward accomplishments is all that matters. “ If I have those things in obvious, visible ways, then I’m blessed. If I don’t have them in obvious, visible ways, then I’m insignificant. “ At least that’s what we’re programmed to think.
So many times we forget about the heart.
But God says over and over, and what God is saying to some of you right now, is that in his kingdom everybody matters. In God’s kingdom everybody’s contribution matters, the last born as well as the firstborn.
So if you take the best gifts you have – whatever they are, you don’t compare them to anybody else – and use them to advance God’s Kingdom then watch out! Because God’s about to do something incredible…
Close your time in prayer.