Imagine the scene. Saul, the once mighty king of Israel, disobeyed the Lord. I Samuel 15:23b says, “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” God decided to replace Saul, and he sent Samuel to the house of Jesse to anoint the next king of Israel. Jesse brought his sons before Samuel. One by one each son passed, but God did not give Samuel the go-ahead to anoint any of them. They came to the end of the line and Samuel asked if there were more sons. Jesse says, “There is still the youngest, but he is tending the sheep” (I Sam. 16:11). He is instructed to send for this sheep-tending son, and when he arrives God gives Samuel the green light. This is the one chosen as the next king, the youngest, a shepherd boy smelling of sheep and sweat. It was not the oldest who stood in the position of a king, had the stature of a king, the handsome face of a king, and perhaps even smelled kingly. It was David, the one others overlooked, that God handpicked.
I can’t help but think of others who were overlooked yet handpicked. Think of Joseph. His brothers rejected him and sold him into slavery. Yet, God chose Joseph to one day be the governor of the land, thus providing food for his people during a great famine. While Tamar was overlooked by Judah, God handpicked her to share in the lineage of Christ. Rahab was overlooked by others as good for nothing more than to fulfill the lustful desires of sinful men yet handpicked by God to protect the lives of the Israeli spies. And in Matthew chapter 1 we see that she too, has her name listed in the ancestory of Christ. Peter was just an everday fisherman, but Christ handpicked him to lay the foundation for the church.
How about you? Do you feel overlooked? God sees you and he has a plan for you. He has handpicked you to be his. Be encouraged today. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (I Sam. 16:7).
The idea for this piece comes from Lysa Terkeurst’s book, Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl.