Scripture: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13
Bethlehem sat two thousand feet above the Mediterranean, looking down on gentle, green hills that flattered into pastureland.
Samuel enters the village, pulling a heifer. His arrival turns the heads of the citizens. Prophets don’t visit Bethlehem. He has come to sacrifice the animal to God and invites the elders and Jesse and his sons to join him. Samuel examines the boys one at a time, more than once ready to give the blue ribbon, but each time God stops him.
Samuel is impressed, but God isn’t. God reminds the priest, “God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
These words were written for misfits and outcasts. God uses them all. David. God saw a teenage boy serving Him in the backwoods of Bethlehem. God saw what no one else saw: a God-seeking heart. The story of young David assures us of this: your Father knows your heart, and because he does, he has a place reserved just for you.
Reference: Facing your giants: God still does the impossible by Max Lucado