1 Samuel 16:10-13
And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
During this passage, Samuel is looking for a King to replace Saul who disobeyed God’s commandments. Before this specific passage, Samuel has seen many others that may qualify for the position of King of Israel. When Jesse shows Samuel his seven sons, Samuel asks if there is any other sons. Jesse replies and says there is one more who is keeping the sheep. Samuel asks to see him. Now, immediately you think “why would Samuel want to see a sheep keeper? Surely he cannot be the new King of Israel because he is just a sheep keeper”. But regardless he duties, Samuel still wants to see him.
Low and behold, the sheep keeper is David. Samuel says he was “ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome” and immediately he was anointed with oil and the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. As we all know, David becomes the King of Israel.
This applies to every person who has been called by God to do something they think they don’t qualify for. This applies to those that think they are just “sheep keepers” and can’t make a difference. This is just one mere example in the Bible, and even in the Old Testament alone! You see, a few verses beforehand the Lord says to Samuel “For the Lord sees not as a man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7b). This is what the Lord tells Samuel to look for when choosing the new King of Israel. Do not look at the outward appearance, but look at the heart, look at what’s inside.
Recently I have been called to ministry. I always felt like it would be fun to do (who wouldn’t want their full time job to be spreading the word of God and showing Christ’s constant love?!), but I never thought that God would call me out of all people to be a minister. I thought I was just a “sheep keeper”. God had other plans for me though and He showed me that I am qualified for this position because I am simply a child of the Risen King.
Now, this doesn’t just apply to ministry or even a job in itself. It could be the M.V.P. of a sport’s team, it could mean to be friends with a specific person and have the opportunities to pour into their lives. The scenario is different for each and every one of us, but our God is the same and looks at our hearts, not our outward appearances.
This song, “Oceans” by Hillsong has been a song that has helped me let God take control of my life and to call me out “beyond the waters” so that I will have to trust Him with every aspect of my life and in turn grow deeper and deeper into my faith than ever before.
Take some time to pray to God, ask Him what He is calling you to do. Let Him lead you and make your faith stronger. Let Him work in your heart so that He will fully be able to work His will in your life.