“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” (1 Sam. 16:11)

THOSE WHO HEAR God’s voice calling them to do His work often have a predictable response. “Who, me?” Have you ever sensed God was asking you to do something that was way beyond you? I have. And so had most of the great biblical characters. That’s what made their stories great. They knew they were out of their league, and yet God called them, by name, anyway. Why does God frequently pick the youngest, the weakest, the slowest, the roughest, and the most unlikely person? Why does He pick from the deep bench instead of the starters to be on His team? Because it keeps our heads on straight. Our inadequacy forces us to remember who we are, and who God is. We must continue to relate to Him in faith and trust Him to come through on His promises.

When David was anointed king, the rest of the family must have imagined that Samuel had gone senile. There were surely several better candidates for king among the older brothers. This was not God’s way of making David humble. David was already humble. It was His way of making David great, because he came from a humble start and would always remember the successes he had were from God, not himself. This lets God’s power shine and guards us from arrogance.

Thank God for the things in your life that make you naturally humble.

Jarod Osborne is the lead pastor of Warsaw Wesleyan Church. He is also the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).

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