1 Samuel 16:11-12 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”
The Biblical story of David, a shepherd boy who was anointed as the next King of Israel although he was the least likely candidate, is one of my favorites. I love the way David was simply not pressed about trying to be anything more than what he knew himself to be. He didn't wake up every day trying to impress anyone. He was content in his role of shepherd, attending to and caring for sheep in his assigned duty, honoring his father's house. David's family perceived him to be just a shepherd boy. But the Lord had other plans for David. His destiny was not made known by what people could see. God's plan for David's life was based on what God could see, the quality of his heart.
1 Samuel 16:7b "For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Perhaps you are not seen as king or queen material or anything special by the people in your life (1 Sam 16:5-13). You may not be the one that people celebrate or fawn over. Your name may not be the one that comes to mind when they deliberate over who among you should represent the tribe. Perhaps your physical features don't line up with the world's standards of beguiling beauty or stunning stature. Let's just say, according to people you are not the one. I want to encourage you today, with a sense of urgency, to forget what you heard from people and heed the call to be the one that you know God has created and called you into existence to be (Romans 8:29). You have been fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God for a predestined purpose of God's to be made fully known at His appointed time. You are the one (1 Samuel 16:1;12-13). Perhaps every time you step out of your comfort zone in the direction of the high calling on your life your brothers, your sisters, your friends...ask, "What you are doing, and why you aren't managing the ordinary tasks of your assignment (1 Sam 17:28)? They want to know who is going to keep the kids. How are you going to be able to afford this pursuit? What makes you think you have what it takes to take on this thing that your heart is set on? Every question, concern, or unexplained conflict that arises when you step out in the direction of your destiny is laced with how they really feel--like you are not the one. You have been faithful without complaint in your service to the shepherd boy assignment in your life. But it is time to hit the block with your slingshot to do the thing that rings out in your heart to do for God. God has prescribed this thing that is popping off in your life to launch you into your predestined position of prominence on purpose (1 Samuel 17). He is going to use your plain looks, your deep experience and expertise in ordinary mundane work, your willingness to serve and honor others above yourself, but mostly your heart for God to propel you into your destiny, and promote you to a position of prominence (Psalm 75:6-7)