Have you ever been chosen before? Maybe it was for a promotion, or a scholarship, or maybe even a simple game of dodge ball for gym class. No matter what you may have been chosen for, it always makes you feel good. I know for me, it gives me a sense of acceptance or approval. It makes me feel like I’m wanted, because the opposite of being chosen is being rejected.
This past month we have been talking about self-love and during our last table talk it came to my attention that a lot of struggles and issues surrounding self-love is lack of identity. In other words, we struggle to love ourselves because we don’t know who we truly are. This month will be dedicated to discovering our true identities, the first one being, “I am chosen.”
Before we continue, let’s read a short passage from the bible about someone who appeared to be under qualified, but yet was chosen by God.
God Looks into the Heart
16 God addressed Samuel: “So, how long are you going to mope over Saul? You know I’ve rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your flask with anointing oil and get going. I’m sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I’ve spotted the very king I want among his sons.”
2-3 “I can’t do that,” said Samuel. “Saul will hear about it and kill me.”
God said, “Take a heifer with you and announce, ‘I’ve come to lead you in worship of God, with this heifer as a sacrifice.’ Make sure Jesse gets invited. I’ll let you know what to do next. I’ll point out the one you are to anoint.”
4 Samuel did what God told him. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the town fathers greeted him, but apprehensively. “Is there something wrong?”
5 “Nothing’s wrong. I’ve come to sacrifice this heifer and lead you in the worship of God. Prepare yourselves, be consecrated, and join me in worship.” He made sure Jesse and his sons were also consecrated and called to worship.
6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Here he is! God’s anointed!”
7 But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”
8 Jesse then called up Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. Samuel said, “This man isn’t God’s choice either.”
9 Next Jesse presented Shammah. Samuel said, “No, this man isn’t either.”
10 Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse, “God hasn’t chosen any of these.”
11 Then he asked Jesse, “Is this it? Are there no more sons?”
“Well, yes, there’s the runt. But he’s out tending the sheep.”
Samuel ordered Jesse, “Go get him. We’re not moving from this spot until he’s here.”
12 Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health—bright-eyed, good-looking.
God said, “Up on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.”
13 Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.
Samuel left and went home to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:1-3
God was in search of a new king and he sent Samuel to anoint him. God told Samuel where to find the new king, but He didn’t tell Samuel who it would be. Now, I don’t know about you, but let’s be real. God could have easily told Samuel, “go to Bethlehem, in the field you will find a young boy named David. He is the one I want you to anoint to be the next king.” However, God did not do that. Instead, He told Samuel to make sure he meets Jesse, a man with many sons. When Samuel meets the first son he automatically thinks that this is the one that God had sent him to anoint. See, Samuel was looking for characteristics and qualities that he thought would be right for a king but I love what God had responded with. He simply said that he does not see things the same way that we do. He sees past it. He sees our hearts. I take comfort in knowing that. Knowing that even when the world may count me out, God still considers me.
Now, there’s another time in this passage when someone was judged based off of appearance, and that was David. In verse 11, Jesse refers to him as a runt. According to the dictionary, runt means smaller than average, the smallest in a group or litter, and/or an undersized or weak person. Not only was he called a runt, but David wasn’t even brought to the house to be introduced. This sounds like rejection to me.
A lot of us may be able to identify with David. Maybe you’ve experienced living in someone’s shadow. Maybe you know what it’s liked to be looked down on or overlooked by a parent or guardian. Maybe you weren’t even extended an invitation for growth or promotion. But guess what, God still sees you.
Although David was overlooked and not present, he was still chosen. Why? Because God saw his heart. God saw him.
You don’t need validation from others to know that you have been chosen. Just continue to stay in position, keep your motives pure, and know that God acknowledges every thing that you do. God sees every tear that you cry. He hears every prayer. He sees you.
David was chosen and he wasn’t even in the room.
You, Beloved, are chosen. You are here today because God chose you. He chose what eye color you would have, how tall you would be, how many hairs are on your head, and your purpose in life. God hand selected every detail of you. Why? Because He loves you and He chose you.
Yes, the world may reject you at times, but just as we experienced in this passage, God sees you, He sees your heart and He has chosen you.
Remember, you are beloved and you are chosen.