Good day everybody, I hope you are enjoying this wonderful band holiday weekend. I am having an amazing day in the lord. I am currently listening to a Joyce Meyer sermon on having a healthy conscience with God which I am enjoying very much. How is your day today? I hope you are doing something fun that you enjoy. For some of you it might be going to play football, having a BBQ, going to preach the gospel at the Notting Hill Carnival, or just hanging out with the friends and family or like me writing a nice blog for you guys to read. So, I encourage you to enjoy this time off if you are off, and if you are not off just ask the lord to help you enjoy your work. So recently I have been struggling with my purpose. Not that I don’t know what my purpose is because I do but it was the struggle to concentrate, to not procrastinate, to obey God in doing what he has called me to do and making sure that I don’t compare my purpose to that of others. Another thing that I needed to deal with was promotion, and waiting on God to help me help others by using my blogs, books, posts, and videos.
As follows one morning I sincerely sought the lord in tears because for some reason I thought that nothing much has been happening and I was not getting the results that I thought I should get by now but I was also feeling like my desire for his purpose for my life was not as strong as it used to be so the lord showed me a lot of things. First the lord told me that at the beginning I had my emotions supporting me and it was appropriate for the time. However, as I continue to mature in lord I realised it is not about feelings but it is about making the decision to go on with God even if it does not feel good. To trust God’s Rhema (right not word) even though the results have not come yet. I said to the lord that I was not sure how everything is going to happen, how I will become who he called me to be and after that he taught me a lot of things that I am about to share with you from 1 Samuel chapter 16. I pray that it will bless you, and I pray that this word is anointed so that it will change the way you view yourself your visions, dreams, goals, and purpose. So follow me on the journey in 1 Samuel 16.
So, like I said, as I cried out to the lord, he led me to 1 Samuel 16. He told me to look at the part where David was finally anointed as king. And the scripture that came to me spirit before I studied the whole scripture was… “For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 AMP. From this I saw that I needed to focus on having good and perfect heart towards him, that that is the answer to my promotion. It is not doing things in the flesh or begging human beings to promote me, because if I try that options which I did for a while; I will start putting my efforts into pleasing man for promotion and not pleasing God and that is not something that God wants. So I want to encourage you, your focus is not necessarily on getting things, but it is in trusting and knowing God who will give you all things that are right for you anyway. God showed me that it was him who is the promoter of his kids but he will do it at the right time and in the right way.
We will start our study in the first verse. From verse one we see that God has already destined and chosen us for his purpose. God had already chosen you and me as it is shown in 1 Samuel 16: 1 AMP saying:
“The Lord said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided for Myself a king among his sons.”
From this scripture we see that God already had in mind what was going to happen. He already had David in mind to be king so although David did not know it, he did not try to fight for that position among his brothers and as we see later he was not even present among his brothers yet God choose him. This reminds of the following scripture. Jeremiah 1:5 NIV: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” So my first point is that make sure you know your godly purpose in the lord and know that God already chose you and has a godly purpose for you. You never have to worry about being chosen of God or not because you are. Ephesian 1:4-5 backs up this point very well especially in the AMP saying:
“Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]”
God knows who you were created to be and like David, God knew his plan for him hence the lord sent Samuel to go and anoint him as king. So it shows us that God loves us and he chose us as we see in Ephesians 1:4-5. And as we see further in 1 Samuel 16:5 where we see that when Samuel arrived to anoint a king for God, there were a lot of other people present apart from David. This reminds me that God sees me and you as individual, and that he will be pick us out from the crowd as we saw in Ephesians 1:4-5 no matter where we are from, how we look like or whatever education we might have; God has his eye on you and me even if we are not part of the group because he told us already in Ephesians 2:10:
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
So we never have to worry about what other people are doing because we have gifts and talents of our own that he will use for his glory.
So the second point is this: Don’t try to look for humans to promote you because they look, judge and see the outside but God looks at the heart. We see this in verse 6, as Samuel approaches Jessie’s sons, his attention is immediately drawn to Eliab and he assumes that this must be the one that the lord has appointed and chosen as king. The bible points out that he was good looking and tall which is a natural look for a king, so who could blame Samuel for thinking that that was God’s choice after all we don’t and cannot see a person’s heart, we can only assume that so and so is such based on what they do or don’t do, what they say or not say. My guess is that Eliab impressed Samuel in some way, maybe he talked to him earlier or did something that caught his attention e.t.c but the bible shows us here that Samuel still did not know Eliab’s heart. As we see in verse 6:
“When they had come, he looked on Eliab [the eldest son] and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him. But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Eliab was the oldest out of Jessie sons and based on the traditional back in those days, the oldest son did everything first. For example, that could be like getting married and in things such as becoming king so one can understand Samuels assumptions regarding Eliab. We can also see that the lord also considered that route because in verse six the bible tells us that God said to Samuel “…Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him” meaning that God considered Eliab before he rejected him as king. However, the rejection of Eliab helps us to start thinking about why he was rejected and what David had that Eliab did not have. David had something that separated him from everyone else, he had something that made him unique and attractive to God.
David had a perfect heart towards God. He desired to please God. David loved God and did things through a servant’s heart. Looking after sheep was probably something that maybe Jessie’s Sons did not want to do or it was looked at as one of the lowest jobs to do because later on we see his brother Eliab mocking him for trying to defeat goliath saying…”What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!” from Eliabs recreation to David we see why God chose David and not him from the anger that that he is expressing towards his own brother just because he was anointed king. Eliab could have repented to God and supported David, who knew maybe his position would have changed for the better but it didn’t. God later provided Jonathan, a friend whom he had a convent with, who loved me more than himself and supported him greatly. His heart towards God caused David to gain a brother he never had in his own brothers.
By looking after sheep, God trained him a lot and from we from that from the psalms and the love letters he wrote to God. David was hungry for God, he desired him greatly so it was not a surprise to David that that he was chosen because he knew God at a certain level. This was a surprise to his brothers but not to David, and it won’t be a surprised to you when God promotes you because you two both know your purpose and if you have a personal intimate relationship with God of course he would choose you. And we can also tell from the Psalms that David worked hard to trust God, he put his trust in God when he felt scared and rejected, and he often repented of his sins in the psalms. That’s why even when he was not around when Samuel was about to anoint Eliab; God stood up for him and said no to Samuel.
That is the same with you my brother and sister, you don’t have to envy or worry about being missed out. How can the lord give what belongs to you to someone else if you are willing to do it? God loves you and has wonderful plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11) and if that thing is for you it will happen. Our job is to have a perfect heart towards him, a heart that loves him and desires God. I am not talking about perfect behaviour; I mean a perfect heart that desire to do right before God. David made a lot of mistake in his day. He committed adultery with another man’s wife and had that man killed and took her as his own wife but he grieved that he hurt the heart of God and finally repented. A person can do everything right from the outside and have an evil heart towards the lord but God looks for a person with a heart that is soft towards him. Therefore, I encourage you to seek God for yourself, be led by him, know his purpose for your life and love him with your whole heart as you wait on the lord to guide and promote you. He even invites to seek him affirming “…then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
This leads to another point, David did not anoint himself, God appointed Samuel to anoint him. The same applies to me and you, we should not try to put ourselves somewhere that God has not put us because we need to be anointed to do the things that God has called as to do. David also had a servant’s heart, he served his father meaning that it is important that we serve others until God calls us to do whatever it is that he called us to do. David was not just seating there doing nothing, in fact he was serving the lord through serving his father. It was in service that God chose David. So it’s important that we are humble servants of the lord, that we become a success in Gods house and serve God faithfully and David is a good example. It is also important to note that David was anointed king but actually step into his kingship 20 years later. He served King Saul, did not kill him even though Saul tried to kill him. David was patient and waited for God to do only what he can do. So I encourage you to do the same and I am going to ask God to show me how I can do the same. I want to make sure I serve as much as I can, that I help the church grow in an area that God has anointed me in until the lord promotes. It is important to be promoted correctly and in the right way, with support as well.
As we serve God, through those he has chosen for us to serve, he will put us on high and promote us greatly. As we see in: verse 13: “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.” David was anointed in-front of everyone especially his brothers who probably thought he was not the best choice especially because he was the youngest, yet he was chosen and exalted him as king in-front of others. God will do the same for you and me. God wants us to serve him for his glory so when you are recognised it is quite nice to use that for his glory and for his purpose and that was what David did. So maybe you are called to help people through baking, or teaching, business e.t.c know that God has and will promote you at the right time when you are ready. That also means that we don’t have to even convince others of our calling, God will do that for us. David did not tell Samuel that he was destined to be king, God told Samuel. Furthermore, David did not ask Samuel to anoint him in-front of his brothers, that was God’s and Samuels choice. So, I encourage you to wait on the lord prayerfully, do whatever he is asking you to do and you will be amazed at how God I will surprise you.
Finally, from verse 13 we see that the spirit of the lord came upon David and the anointing stayed with David from that day. David didn’t just become king; he was anointed to become who God had destined him to be. David had the power and the ability as a king and the same applies to you. God will anoint and give you the ability you need to do whatever it is that he called you to be. Whether it is to preach, write books, became a singer, become a mother, a wife or a husband, to own your own business and to become a manager and many more. People in the bible were anointed to be who God needed them to be form Moses, to Esther, to Jesus Christ and many more. Jesus had the strength to go to the cross, and to stay on the cross because firstly he had a perfect heart towards God so disobedience was not in his heart but also because he knew he was the messiah from a young age he was prepared and anointed to be and become the saviour of the world.
The same applies to you, there are people that you will influence you when you become who God has called you to be, but let God make and mould you into who he has destined you to be. For now, you seek the lord, love his word, let him led you and a suddenly it will happen. So I encourage you to trust God with your life, serve faithfully as you are led by God and wait on the lord.
I love you
Have a great day.