In 1 Samuel 16:1 the Lord said to Samuel, “I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king. So Samuel left for Bethlehem to anoint a king. I Samuel 16:6 says, “When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, Surely the Lord’s anointing stands here before the Lord.” It would have made sense because he was big, strong, good looking young man, and he was the eldest son. But God did not choose him. Matter of fact, seven sons of Jesse passed before Samuel and God did not choose them as king. In 1 Samuel 16:11 Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all your sons you have?” Jesse said, “There is still the youngest but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him: we will not sit down until he arrives.” When David arrive back at home, the Lord told Samuel to rise and anoint him as king! Who would have picked David as king? Was he even qualified? He wasn’t even invited to the king anointing party!
That was not the only time David would be over looked. How about the story of David and Goliath? Was David qualified to fight a giant or did the people people really believe he could defeat the Philistine Champion? No! In 1 Samuel 17:28 David oldest brother heard David scheme to fight the giant, and he was ticked off! He asked David, “Why have you come down here and whom did you leave the sheep with? David was so little he couldn’t even wear the armor. What could this little boy do with the 9 foot killing machine? I am sure he heard the criticism, and the peoples unbelief. But David followed through with what God called him to do! He wasn’t Saul’s top choice to fight Goliath, and he wasn’t qualified by the worlds standards. But he was God’s choice!
1 Samuel 16:7, Samuel said, “The Lord doesn’t look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” The world may tell you that you are not qualified or that you are not ready. They may even put you down and criticize what God has put in your heart. But if God is for you, who can be against you? I want to encourage you to follow your dreams and your passion that God has put inside of you! Don’t listen to the crowds and the critics that come your way. Set you eyes on the Father and follow hard after Him. I love Acts 4:13 when Peter and John stood in front of the religious, high class leaders of Jesus’s day. It says, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Not qualified, guess again! God bless you today!