You Never Know What God Has In store For You

Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest...but he is tending the sheep.”...So he sent for him and had him brought in...Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.
I Samuel 16: 10-13.
Samuel saw Jesse’s firstborn, Eliab, and said to himself, “surely, the LORD’s anointed stands before the LORD.” But God said, I have rejected him. Jesse had seven of his sons rejected by God as unsuitable for the special assignment God had in mind. God wanted a person who was after His own heart. A person who truly loved God and was genuinely hungry for Him. Someone who would honor God and lead His people to seek him. I can only imagine the shock on Jesse’s  face and that of his seven sons who were all rejected by God. I can only dare to imagine the surprise on their faces when David was announced and anointed as God’s future king!

David was faithfully serving the family by taking care of their flock. Needless to say, God used David’s training as a shepherd to prepare him for the future assignment of shepherding the people of God. It was through his shepherding experience that David learnt to depend on God as his own shepherd. It was through his shepherding experience that he learnt to depend on the power of the Holy Spirit to kill lions and bears! That experience is what gave him the confidence to go against Goliath and strike him dead.

Faithfulness in whatever “unglamorous” assignment God has called us to do is critical.  You never know what God has in store for you.The Bible says if we are not faithful in little then God can’t trust us with much. Scripture admonishes us not to despise the day of humble beginnings.

I have a friend who ministered to us recently. He started his career as a security person in a hotel. But today, he is the General Manager of one of the most prestigious hotels in the world!
He reminded us in his talk of how I had gone to visit him in his hotel one day and his mentioning to me that he felt the Lord wanted him to be a preacher. I held his hand, pointed to the vast hotel and said, “This is your church. Shepherd them and preach to them.” That, he said, changed his whole perspective toward his job. Needless to say, he got promoted later as GM at another location. Faithfully do what God has given you now.
 You never know what He has in store for you!

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for my current assignment. There is no wasted experience in your economy. In all things, you work together for our good. Please help me to stay faithful and diligent in my current assignment. Amen