1 Samuel 16:6–13
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah. Reflection by Janet Derby Being the youngest child of six intelligent and talented sisters, I have always liked this story. Some teachers could not help making comparisons. Yet I recall that it was one issue that my mom would go to teachers about if she learned of it. My sisters and I have frequently talked about our admiration for our mom’s ability to not have any favorites among us. I don’t believe God was playing favorites here either. I think it was merely a case that everyone assumed the older and bigger sons would be preferable. David certainly was not perfect, we learn that later, but David’s gifts made him the right choice for God’s needs. Prayer:
Spirit of All Gifts, Help us to see beyond the surface and recognize the gifts of others. Help us also to use our gifts for your purpose. Amen.