Devotions for February 23, 2017

1 SAMUEL 16:11-13

11 Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”
“Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”
12 So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes.
And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”
13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

THE ONE WHOM GOD CHOOSES

The world we live in values strength, intelligence, power and wealth. The Kingdom of God values humility, sacrifice, service, grace and mercy.
In this story, the prophet Samuel is being led by the LORD to select the son of Jesse who would be king of Israel after Saul. God passes over the older and stronger brothers to choose young David as the next king.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What happened in verse 13 after God chose David and Samuel anointed him?

Q: Earlier in this passage (not listed above), we are told that the LORD doesn’t see things the way people do. People judge others by appearance and credentials, but God examines the heart. How do you assign value to people?

Q: How can you take steps this week to view other people the way God sees them, that is, made in His image for His purpose and glory?

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