Loving The Overlooked
“When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.”
So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. 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. Samuel then went to Ramah.”
1 Samuel 16:6-9, 11-13 NIV
We all have felt one time or another the sting of rejection or the feeling of being unwanted. It may have been your parents or someone that was a role model to you, maybe a peer. Someone who you wanted so badly to be accepted by and loved.
Society pressures us to look a certain way, have enough money or status, or even the pressure of the American Dream. We all feel this desire to be good enough to some degree.
This topic has come up quite a bit the past few weeks in our safe home. We have discussed that sometimes family members or even good-intentioned people will place expectations or demands that we cannot reach or may not be what God has called us to walk in.
We attended church last week and the pastor talked about this issue. Pleasing man vs pleasing God. With God we know that we are loved unconditionally. He paid the ultimate sacrifice and purchased our lives once and for all. No matter how much we try to earn salvation, it’s already there.
I feel as if God searches around to see the ones that are overlooked, the ones people would say are not smart enough, don’t look the part, don’t have the advantages that others do, and says “yes, that one”. “I want to use him (or her)”.
God wants to use each and every one of us. To first love us, to mold us into mirrors of Him, and to use us in the lives of others around us.
I am reminding the ladies that yes we all have our pasts. We all have sin that we deal with and things about us that are not perfect. We may feel as if we are the black sheep or not good enough to be used. But like God saw the heart of David that day in the field, He also sees our hearts.
Let us encourage and exhort the people around us. Let us speak truth and life into them. Especially the ones overlooked. Because they could be the ones that change everything. Who is your David? Look around. Now love them and watch them rise.
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people”. Martin Luther King, Jr.