[CF Devotionals] 2016-08-08 - What Would Jesse Say?

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1 Samuel 16:1-22

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:6-7)

Out of the blue, the righteous and prophetic Samuel shows up at my home. My seven sons are presented to Samuel - but none were the ones chosen by God, the reason for his visit. Samuel saw all my sons except David, who was tending to the sheep. I was sure David wasn’t the one God was going to anoint, but to my amazement, he was. For some reason, God chose to use David, my youngest. The thought never occurred to me. If that weren’t enough, the king’s messengers asked for David, as they were looking for a musician. David’s music soothed the king, I was told. I am not surprised. David is a wonderful harpist. He later became King Saul’s bodyguard. It made a dad proud.

I am glad David is serving the king and doing what God has created him for, but I do miss him. I couldn’t stand in his way.


Lord, At times, things don’t turn out the way I expect. During some instances, I am disappointed. Other times, You do something so miraculously that I have no other recourse, than to praise Your name. Regardless of the outcome, help me to praise You, for I am nothing without You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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