From Overlooked to Chosen (EP 01)

Podcast Episode 1 (Condensed)

I remember riding home one evening feeling a little disappointed. I was hurt after a situation. I felt overlooked and misunderstood. God reminded me to never put my trust or hope in man, only God. Matthew 20:16 came to mind during that time. This scripture indicated that God will raise up the ones who have been pushed to the back. Not for fleshly desires, but for the glory of God. 

As the night went on, I came across 1 Samuel 16 while listening to an audio devotion. The Holy Spirit revealed so much to me in that moment. For a more in-depth analysis of the scripture, check out my podcast episode. But for a quick summary, Samuel was ordered by God to visit a man named Jesse and his family. Upon his arrival, Samuel based what he thought about one of the sons on outer appearance. This is exactly what we as humans do often. We judge on the outside, but God looks much deep within. God judges the heart. We must be very careful not to judge a book by its cover. It is easy to take a look at a person and form an opinion about them. It is important to remember that just because think someone should be “chosen” for a job, assignment, situation, or award, doesn’t mean that God thinks that as well.

As the scripture goes on to verse 7, God corrects Samuel for his misjudgment. It was as if Samuel’s eyes were opened. He knew then that the one (Eliab) wasn’t who God sought to appoint (1 Samuel 16:11). Samuel realized that God had the perfect man in mind that he probably didn’t expect. For someone reading this blog, God has put your name in the ear of someone that is going to change your life. You’ve been misjudged, ignored, outcasted, but God is about to pull you from the back and into the front. You may not look the way society wants you to look. Your features may not resemble that of the description that is deemed “qualified”, but God qualifies the ones He called. 

With that said, Jesse began to bring his other sons in front of Samuel. But Samuel knew that none of them were the chosen one. 

Samuel then said in verse 11, “Are these all the sons you have?” 

“There is still the youngest,” Jessie replied. But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”

“Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”

This part of scripture really baffled me. 

For the father, Jesse to bring all but one of his sons in front of Samuel said a lot. Jesse decided to only put the sons before Samuel that he deemed as worthy or qualified to be anointed by God. On the other hand, God knew all along He was about to raise one particular son up. God already had a plan in mind for David—the son outside that was overlooked. Although David was the “unlikely one”, God chose Him to be the one. When I read that verse, I could hear in my spirit, “But one”. It was but one more that needed to be brought before Samuel–the one the Lord desired to use.

Now, some may wonder what was “special” about David if his own dad left him outside with the animals while Samuel was there to appoint and anoint one? Well, keep in mind that God had just told Samuel that He doesn’t judge based on how you look, but He judges the heart. God saw that David’s heart was good. David had a heart of submission to the Lord. 

Therefore, people in the world will raise up others who look “good”, “cool”, “popular”, or have lots of “followers” on social media, etc. But God cares nothing about that. He will use an “unlikely” gem. It is as if David was a hidden treasure for such a time. But at the right time, God raised him up. And at just the right time, God will raise you up.

As the story continues in verses 11-13, it states, “So, Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on.”

It is amazing how God appointed and anointed David right in front of the ones the devil thought would take his place. For David’s father to leave him out with the animals while a major change was about to happen made one thing clear. The devil wanted David to miss his mark—to miss his calling. Keep in mind, I am not calling Jesse or his brothers demons. I am referring to the force behind the actions of the father. The enemy knows how to use situations and circumstances to make you miss your mark. But when God raises you up, He will do it right in front of the ones the enemy thought He could put before you.

David was the perfect vessel for God to use regarding the assignment He had on his life. The bible tells us in 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22 that David was a man after God’s own heart. Now, he was far from perfect and had several flaws (as we all do), but God knew his heart. God knew that He could use David to bring glory to His name. Because that is what it is all about anyways. 
Every person that God raise up or bring to the front is someone that He intends to use in a mighty way.

So, what does this mean for you? The one that may have been overlooked, discarded by man, ignored, or misunderstood. God knows your heart as well. The bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. Therefore, there is a time coming where God’s people whose light has been dimmed by others will be brought up to the forefront to do what God has called them to do. They will no longer be able to stay in the back. The enemy will no longer be able to block or hinder the platform that God has for them. 

Look at all David accomplished after going from overlooked to chosen (wrote over half the book of Psalms, defeated Goliath/Philistines, and more!)This was all because God sent Samuel to appoint David. He was no longer hidden or overlooked but anointed and brought into God’s wonderful light. It was a divine appointment. Divine elevation happened for David. For some of my friends reading this very post, your divine appointment is on the way. Divine elevation is in your near future. 

One of my favorite prayers by David came from Psalm 17:8 ESV. It states, “Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings.” You are the apple of God’s eye. When it seems as though you’re been mishandled, judged, and overlooked, know that is a reflection of humanity, not God. The Lord has not forgotten you. At just the right time, God will raise you up. You may be last now, but you will surely be first soon. You are the “but one more” that will not be left out. God has an assignment for you. But you must be willing to have a heart like David—one after God’s very own. Be encouraged. God bless you.

 For a more in-depth discussion of this topic, watch the first episode of my podcast by clicking here

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