Summary: God will often use things, people and circumstances that do not make sense to the human intellect. God will speak into our improbability and bring forth our destiny.
1 Sam 16:13 Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons."
2 And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me."
But the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say,'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.' 3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you."
4 So Samuel did what the LORD said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said,"Do you come peaceably?"
5 And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, "Surely the LORD's anointed is before Him!"
7 But the LORD said to Samuel,"Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
8 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one." 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one." 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these." 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep."
And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here." 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!" 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
1.) As human beings we have a tendency to size people up. It is a part of our nature. We want to know who you are, and what you are about. It is in a way how we protect ourselves. This is why we have this criteria that we keep in our minds. How you are supposed to look, dress, act.
2.) We also know that God has in the scriptures taught us not to judge. He has called us to the place of vulnerability that is very uncomfortable to the flesh. It is a place that we cannot really walk in our flesh – we can only truly love and live like that in the Spirit.
3.) You see God is not calling us to love based on their character, but His character. HE is not asking us to trust based on their trustworthiness, but our trust in Him. Paul says in Rom 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Paul says that neither death, life, angels, principalities – things present or things to come can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
4.) In the Text we read, God challenges Samuel – he kind of messes with him a little. He commands Samuel to go anoint the next King of Israel, but He does not tell him who that will be. So Samuel heads to Jesse’s house doing what we would do – sizing up in his mind who he thinks the next King should be.
5.) When Eliab is presented Samuel says “now this is the guy”, but God says no and then drops the lesson “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
6.) I want to preach to you tonight that God will chose people that we would never chose, God will do things that people say are impossible to do, and God will work in circumstances that He is not supposed to work in.
7.) You may be just a shepherd boy on the backside of the wilderness playing your harp and worshiping God, but God has a way of reaching into your improbability and shaping your destiny. Pouring the oil of anointing on your life and saying the prophet may have overlooked you and your daddy may have not seen it in you, but this is the one I have chosen.