Read and Meditate on 1 Samuel 16: 1-13
A little background to set the story (brief summation of 1 Samuel 8-15): After the Judges, the Israelites (each seeking the desires of their own hearts) began pressing for a physical King, and despite the warnings from Samuel, the people continued to pressure for a man to be raised up to serve as leader of the nation of Israel. The Lord gave them what they asked for, but not without thoroughly warning them that this decision of theirs was not in their best interest. Saul was raised up and served them as King. Over the first few years of his reign, the nation was doing well, until Saul’s disobedience to the Lord grew more and more. Grieving God’s heart, the Lord spoke to Samuel and told him that He rejected Saul as King and will raise up another leader…
Here begins the story of David. A family man whose life was ordinary, just like you and I. Tending the sheep, and caring for the property of his father Jesse we’re only some of the responsibilities he assumed growing up.
Sometimes in our ordinary day-to-day “work” we, like David put our heart and soul into it regardless of whether or not anyone is watching. From our passage, we know there is One who’s eyes haven’t left us, and can confidently say “for the Lord does not see as a man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Consider how the Lord saw David, and consider the calling the Lord was placing on his life.
Everything David thought was normal was about to change. Like David, God has chosen you. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God has also called us to serve Him in our lives. The calling of God isn’t based on our natural abilities or skills, but simply a heart that is willing to serve Him. Do you know what God has called you to?
Fast & Prayer Challenge: Consider fasting from something (or things) that distracts you from hearing the voice of the Lord clearly. Dedicate specific time to ACTIVELY seek the Lord and pray for Him to reveal or confirm what He is calling you to today.
Take Action: As the Lord has shown you what He has chosen you for and called you to, take action! Receive the promise that He has given you, and walk in them! Go to ministry leaders and find ways to serve in the areas God has called you to.
Join us this Tuesday for a time of discussion and prayer over this lesson.