We started this series with a testimony of mine about the black jacket. I mentioned how that jacket had my name on it and God had kept it for me. The same principle is true for what happened in young David’s life.
In 1 Samuel 16, God finds Samuel (the prophet of the time) upset about the behavior of the king over Israel, Saul. Saul had lost his way and the Lord rejected him as king. But God had a plan. He told Samuel to go and anoint one of the sons of a man named Jesse as the next king of Israel.
When Samuel arrived in Bethlehem, he met Jesse and his sons. Samuel saw Jesse’s son Eliab and thought he had found Israel’s next king. Eliab surely looked the part but God said in 1 Samuel 16:7, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Yes, that’s where the famous statement comes from!
Samuel went through six more of Jesse’s sons but none of them were the king he was looking for. There was an open door but it had a name on it. Seven potential candidates and none of them were approved by God. Imagine how confusing this must have been for Samuel. The questions going through his head.
Finally, Samuel had to ask Jesse an awkward question, “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”, 1 Samuel 16:11.
Do you realise that Jesse did two things:
1. He did not invite David, totally left him out; and
2. When asked about him, he tried to make excuses for his absence. Tried to have him disregarded because he wasn’t important, he was out watching the sheep and goats.
BUT God, He doesn’t care how important or unimportant people think you are. Even if no one else sees you, God sees you. David’s own father did not see the king in David but God did. What God has for you, is for you. None of David’s other brothers could be king. It had to be David.
When God opens a door for you, only you can walk through it. Don’t let past disappointments stand in your way. Don’t let people’s opinions deter you. God supernaturally opens doors of opportunities in places we do not expect. I bet you when David woke up that morning he didn’t think he’d be anointed king by bed time lest he would have stayed at home having a party! But God knew where to find him. David may have been out with the sheep and the goats but we later find out that he was also worshiping God when he was out there.
When God gets ready to bless us, He knows where to find us when we are busy serving Him and living life in accordance with His plans and purpose. Where you are (as in the condition of your heart) matters when you are expecting the miraculous. God is not moved by an impressive resume. The condition of your heart is what will get His attention. Be found serving. Be found worshiping.
When our heart is in the right place, God will begin to open doors no man can shut and give you opportunities beyond your wildest dreams. The condition of your heart matters. Unforgiveness, anger, jealousy, strife, self ambition… these things can’t be found in our hearts and we must ask God to help rid us of all things that stand in the way of us receiving our miracles. There are doors with your name on them. Get your heart ready to walk through the open doors and remember to always give God the glory.
Love and blessings,