“From the Pasture to the Palace” by Pastor Tom

In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel 16, we find Samuel being instructed by God to find and anoint the next king of Israel. God sent him to the house of a man named Jesse who had several sons. As Samuel was introduced to each son, he began by focusing on their outward appearance to see if they would be acceptable for the position of king. The Lord spoke to Samuel and gave him very specific instruction on what not to look for in verse 7: “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for manlooketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

You see God was trying to help Samuel understand that it is more important that someone’s heart is willing to obey God for them to be used of God in His service. Samuel met with all Jesse’s sons that were present in his household and was not satisfied and he asked in verse 11: “…Are here all thy children? And he (Jesse) said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.”

Samuel met David the young shepherd boy that day and would choose him to be the next king. What made David a good choice? He was faithful to the tasks that he was given by his dad and worked very hard each day to do it well. David’s job in the pasture was hard and perhaps even dangerous at times. His days were long and lonely, but he knew the Lord, his Shepherd was always with him. David had no idea what God would have in store for him in the days ahead. He would have quite an amazing journey!

What about you? Are you obedient to do the simple things that you are asked to do at home, school and church? Even the little things that we do, we must do with all our heart! Others will notice, but more importantly, God will too. God’s “palace” opportunities may await you in your future, but you must first be found faithful in the “pasture”! Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

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