Text: 1 Sam. 16:1-13.
It is interesting how we try to identify men who we see as chosen of God for exploits by how popular they are. In some quarters, offices of service are given to people whose names are known and are popular. Please do not misinterpret this as me laying blame on anyone, because we have had to fall victim of this one time or another. So you get to see people called into the office of Deacons, Elders and all, because of their familiarity and popularity.
A quick look at our text shows us how Prophet Samuel was mandated by God to anoint a new king for Israel after King Saul was rejected. Before I proceed, I want to share a thought that came to me as I was studying this. That you have the privilege of serving God, especially heading any arm in any organization, does not mean you are the only one qualified for it. If you do not get this, the potential for abuse is inherent. It takes God nothing to get a replacement for you in that area of service.
The only clue God gave Samuel was the name of the household to go to, which was Jesse’s. The first person that caught his attention was Eliab, Jesse’s first son. I was of the opinion that the reason Samuel chose Eliab was because of his position in the family. It is a logical reason though, considering the place of first sons in the inheritance of any Israeli family. But after deep study, I discovered that Eliab’s position in the family was not exactly what attracted him to Samuel. Samuel was actually attracted by Eliab’s physique.
For the love of God, Eliab was tall, well built, and handsome, though not as tall as Saul. But someone of his height and fairness should make an almost perfect replacement for Saul, so Samuel thought. Little wonder he declared ebulliently, “Surely, the Lord’s anointed is before me”. But alas, God rejected Eliab!
God does not look at your size, age or background to commit responsibilities into your hands. He knows us more than we know ourselves. Rise up from that state of mediocrity and start seeing yourself the way God sees you. He has chosen you for a special assignment, and it has nothing to do with your size.
The journey has just started…
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