2010-11-08 - Seeping with Fatherly Pride
So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives." (1 Samuel 16:11)
When was the last time you sacrificed something for someone else's happiness? For Jesse, it was letting his youngest son go.
Out of the blue, the righteous and prophetic Samuel showed up at Jesse's home. His sons were presented to Samuel, but none were the ones chosen by God, the reason for the prophet's visit. Samuel saw all Jesse's sons except David who was tending to the sheep. Jesse was sure he was not the individual God was going to anoint, but to this father's amazement, he was.
For some reason, God chose to use David,the youngest. The thought never occurred to his father Jesse. Could it be David's handsome features? Or was it his hard work ethic, good warrior skills, or all of the above?
Samuel anointed David on the spot. If that wasn't enough, a short time later King Saul's messengers asked for David as they were looking for a musician. David's music of the harp soothed King Saul. Later David became the king's bodyguard. No doubt Jesse missed his son, but this father did not stand in the way. It made a dad proud, I imagine, to know his child was doing what God created him for.
Lord, You know me inside and out - and created me with a purpose in mind. Even though I would never want to hurt You, show me how not to let people or places determine what I should do, instead of first listening to You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.