A couple of days ago, Media Analyst, Daniel Jeremiah wrote an article called, 2016 NFL Draft: Five Head-Scratching Picks. In the article, Jeremiah describes five NFL “picks” that literally left him scratching his head. They were players that he felt should have been “passed over” for other, more talented or qualified players.
Rewind with me, three thousand years ago to another head-scratching moment that changed the course of history. You know the story well but humor me and read it again:
“I’m sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem because I’ve selected one of his sons to be king…I will reveal to you what you should do, and you will anoint for me the one I point out to you.” Samuel did what the Lord told him…He performed the ceremonies for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he saw Eliab and thought, “Certainly, here in the Lord’s presence is his anointed king.”
But the Lord told Samuel, “Don’t look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks into the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Then Jesse had Shammah come to Samuel. “The Lord has not chosen this one either,” Samuel said. So Jesse brought seven more of his sons to Samuel, but Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these. Are these all the sons you have?” “There’s still the youngest one,” Jesse answered. “He’s tending the sheep.”
Samuel told Jesse, “Send someone to get him. We won’t continue until he gets here.” So Jesse sent for him. He had a healthy complexion, attractive eyes, and a handsome appearance. The Lord said, “Go ahead, anoint him. He is the one.” (Taken from I Samuel 16)
God is the ultimate “scout.” His ways are not our ways- he looks into the heart, not on outward appearances. David was a man after God’s heart, faithful, intimate with the Lord…He was not perfect but he knew how to repent. The Great Scout is looking for men and women, with a heart like David’s, to change the world, to lead His cause and to bring hope to many. I am proud to say that we have a team made up of “Davids.” I know my words were few today but let this passage of Scripture challenge and encourage you- God see’s into your heart and He has hand picked you for His team.
Brice Maddock, COO – Teen Challenge Southeast